The Holcim Awards competition recognizes the importance of engaging tomorrow’s professionals on the theme of sustainable construction, and sharing their visions and ideas at a conceptual level. The “Next Generation” category was open to student projects. The urban masterplan which proposed a culturally-sensitive redevelopment by Khalid El Jaouhari at ENA Rabat, Morocco received the “Next Generation” 3rd prize.Read full media release – Holcim Awards 2011 for Africa Middle East » أقرأ المزيد (Arabic) » pour en savoir plus (French) »
The jury identified the strength of the Agadir Connection project lies in its broad approach and a scientifically-based evaluation, thus leading to a convincing project idea. The basis for the theoretical development is the identification of deficiencies and expectations by inhabitants and a wide range of local bodies.
The abandonment of Agadir’s Inbiaât Stadium has drained the lifeblood of the precinct and initiated the idea to redevelop the adjacent wasteland in between the beach and the city center. The result is the Agadir Connection concept to support urban development and upgrade facilities on the fringe of the city center. Architectural, landscaping and urban design interventions transform the previous transit space into an attractive living zone and space to rest. The complex is self-sufficient in terms of energy, and reintroduces local species of trees to replace introduced species that degrade soil fertility. The master plan elements ranging from macro to micro scales altogether form an interrelated whole.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.65 MB) »