Alphabets and Elements by Michael David Coogan

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Exhibition spaces and showrooms will be shared among the medina’s entire craft community to encourage collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas. The central tannery area will become a public botanical garden that provides a respite from the bustle of the medina. A cafe will open for visitors, medina residents, and shoppers. During the project’s implementation, the tanneries will also function as a nursery for propagating riparian plants for the river and constructed wetlands. T. Douar Tensift: Time-shares Marrakech, Morocco, 2007 Over the past five years, the city of Marrakech has experienced unprecedented growth in tourism, straining the limited water resources of the city and causing its once-luxuriant palm groves to decay.

Out Of Water Research and traveling exhibition, 2009 While water scarcity is a problem of global proportions, it is particularly significant and potentially irreversible in arid zones. Today, 14 percent of the world’s biomes are arid, another 14 percent are semiarid, and 2 percent are Mediterranean climate zones. Given global warming, today’s arid zones are bound to change and expand. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), one quarter of the Earth’s land mass is already threatened by desertification.

Some architecture offices saw a clear opportunity to work with an increasingly growing niche market that hadn’t been addressed before. Young, educated adults with mobility who had grown up in the suburbs longed for a cosmopolitan, urban life: within walking distance, mixed-use, accessible. For a sector of the population, the dream home changed from the house in the suburbs seen in postwar American movies to the lofts that appeared in more current television series. Neighborhoods like Colonia Condesa or Colonia Roma were transformed into new, hip residential areas.

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