The project won the ASCA Collaborative Practice Award 2011-2012 and Progressive Architecture Citation Awards 2012. It was selected by the Ministry of Tourism Morocco and will be realized in 2013.
“The Ain Nsissa project is a collaborative applied research which tests a model for desert eco-tourism that promotes low impact construction while improving environmental and socio-economic living conditions of local nomads, the Beni Guil.” - Designing Ecological Tourism website
The project plan for Ain NSissa Eco Facilities include:
• Economically sustainable and manageable project plan
• Nature reserve for Mouflons (wild sheep from local area) in the mountains of Ain Nsissa desert
• Tourism master plan with heterotopic network of nomads willing to house tourists.
• Housing typologies that upgrade existing and new buildings for the three different types of nomadic lifestyles: Shifting, Semi-Shifting and Fixed Locations
The project team consisted of Aziza Chaouni (lead), Utako Tanebe (architect), Samar Zarifa (landscape) and Amanda Chong (post-production).
Status: Under Construction