President of the foundation for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage of Rabat

Le 14 février 2020, le Conseil d’Administration de la Fondation pour la Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Culturel de Rabat, présidé par Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Lalla Hasnaa, arrêtait un plan d’action très riche offrant aux acteurs du patrimoine culturel – institutionnels, société civile et experts – de multiples opportunités d’échanger les visions et de partager les savoirs. La volonté première de la Fondation étant de conjuguer la préservation du patrimoine culturel non au passé, mais au futur et toujours au pluriel.

Technical workshop “Challenges and potential of intervention in historic urban complexes”

Scientific Workshop

Technical workshop “Challenges and potential of intervention in historic urban complexes”

To mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the “Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Foundation for Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Rabat has set up a vast program of activities that will run until November 2021. This cycle was inaugurated by a technical workshop organized by the Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry Of Youth Culture And Sports, the Ministry of National Territorial Development, Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy, as well as the UNESCO Maghreb Office. The meeting allowed several experts, urban planners, architects and national and international institutional actors to exchange experiences and points of view around the challenges and potential of interventions in historic urban complexes by analyzing the case of multiple cities such as Alexandria, Beirut, Dakar, Tunis or Zanzibar.

The discussions led to the following recommendations:

  • Making recommendation on the UNESCO historic urban landscape a platform for mutual and constructive dialogue between all actors in urban and architectural contemporary interventions in heritage environments;
  • Understand heritage as a source of enrichment for projects and not as an obstacle to innovation and creativity;
  • Design contemporary interventions so that they are not a threat to the historical dimension of heritage fabrics but on the contrary that they turn out to be an opportunity to enhance them;
  • Modernize cities while respecting the integrity and authenticity of all strata of the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL);
  • Preserve HUL by encouraging architectural creation through the adoption of flexible and clear legislative prescriptions and regulations;
  • Provide urban agencies with support enabling them to integrate the heritage dimension into missions linked to the development of urban complexes;
  • Ensure harmonious articulation between historic districts and modern areas of cities, in particular through town planning documents;
  • Encourage professional and academic studies in the field of innovation and creativity relating to forms and types of contemporary architecture adapted to historic urban complexes in order to preserve their heritage values and improve the living conditions of the population.