2016 - 2017

Cultural sustainability-water Site of this project locates at the foot of north slope of Atlas Mountain. Local area contains a Mediterranean climate which is hot and dry for most of the year. Water is a luxury and one of the most important factors to improve the life quality of local residents. Future tourism development planning and lack of facilities will both intensify the water shortage problem and also increase the demand for water. Therefore, the tactic of this project will focus on the water management system so as to seek for strategies of sustaining ecological, social and cultural development. The water management chain includes water supply, usage, purification, and storage.Each intervention will generate big or small change on human activities which means people achieve alternative ways of operating life. These can be new job opportunities, better educational standard or community pride. Furthermore, we will explore long-term planning combining with the development of tourism based on the potential changes brought by those architectural interventions.
Studio Brief

The context of our studio is the sustainability development within the Atlas Mountain region of Morocco. We will investigate the intertwined relationship between tourism and climate change in this region.
Site location

The site locates at the foot of north slope of Atlas Mountain.
Geographical Topology

Our site is surrounded by mountains, this special geography condition make this area have unique natural features.
Site Wind Analysis

Main prevailing wind comes from southwest of site. This diagram shows different wind effects level on agricultural land, village and farming field.
Hydrology Analysis

Mapping of water system in a macro scale and water sources in the snow mountains of Atlas.
Site mapping

This map shows the range of site and existing water-related infrastructures with emphasis of micro water resource on site.

Traditional Berber house and human interventions in managing water.
Materials and Issues

River band materials and pollution issues like leaking of olive oil and flier tipping
Irrigation system

Terrance and irrigation pattern
Relationship of water, agriculture, construction and accessibility

Water on site has intertwined connection with other aspects which could influence the local ecosystem.
Scenario Building

This scenario game aims at simulating the real life in local area. It provides visible mapping of site for players and multiple paths for developers, tourists and farmers.
Game mechanics
Narrative in this game
Negotiation in scenario game
Players connection- COOPERATION

Roles in this scenario game build cooperation relationship instead of competition with common aim of better sustainable community development.
Catalytic Interventions location

Main strategy is to set up a series of water management system including water supply, usage, purification and storage.
Water supply- Fog harvesting project
Water usage- water recycling house
Water purification- Cactus
Cactus purification illustration
Water storage-Rebuild existing dam

Through scenario building and catalytic interventions, our group will develop architectural tactics for sustaining traditional practices and improve local livelihood.