Lucas and I have been busy, busy with midterms, but I finally got the chance to post some photos from my studio trip to Morocco.
After canceled and then delayed flights from Paris and a long, uncomfortable train ride from Casablanca to Fes, we finally arrived in the medina of Fes - one of the largest existing Islamic walled, medieval cities in the world. The medina is a maze of narrow alleys crammed with the famous leather tannery, bazaars, workshops and mosques. We were constantly stepping out of the way of donkeys and mules, the main form of transportation.
We spent most of our time surveying the existing buildings, river and public space of our site, Place Lalla Ydouna, or to the locals, Bin Lamdoune, the name of the bridge. We took all of this information back to the states with us and have been working on our designs for the competition since then.
view from the roof of the tannery
roofs of Karaouine Mosque/University
Oued Fes - river that runs through our site
Kilo Architectures' Volubilis Museum
Volubilis - Roman ruins
donkey traffic jam
the Dar (traditional house with courtyard) where we stayed