14: Bringing my City Fez back to Life with Award Winning Architect Aziza Chaouni
Born and raised in Fez, Morocco, Aziza Chaouni a renowned Architect and Professor features on Talking Respect Podcast of bringing her city, Fez back to life. She left Morocco in her early years to gain an outstanding education from the University of Columbia and Harvard she then progressed to become a Professor at the University of Toronto. So what brought her to make an impact in Morocco?It was her fascination with the Fez River, which winds through the city's ancient Medina where she grew up. A project that she has been working on for two decades, her mission was to transform the Fez River and she accomplished this plus so much more!In 2014, Aziza was featured on @ted Talks for her major contributions and eco friendly designs in Fez. Fast forward years later Aziza is an award winning international architect bringing her city, Fez back to life. In episode 14 Aziza shares her experience of gaining approval to practice architecture in Morocco which required much patience and perseverance (she has gained). That it took her a tremendous amount of patience not to give up on her dreams and that if you want something hard enough you will achieve it.Aziza proudly speaks of projects that are dear to her heart such as rehabilitating the ancient al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez where her great grandfather studied and the architectural gem, Sidi Harazem by French Architect Jean- François Zevaco. She describes the challenges inherent in undertaking a daunting, historic project which she passionately speaks about. Tune in to learn about Moroccan culture, a touch of history and to hear about a journey of a woman determined to live her dreams against all odds. To find out more about Aziza Chaouni see her webpage www.azizachaouniprojects.com or her social media page @azizachaouniprojects
Why Morocco 028 – Aziza Chaouni on architectural restoration projects in Morocco
For this week’s episode,I chatted with architect Aziza Chaouni in her Toronto office by telephone. I first learned about Aziza and her work when she was featured in Brownbook magazine, a publication I used to write for. I knew immediately that I needed to meet her given that we have swapped home countries. Aziza lives between Toronto, Canada where she works as an architect but is also a tenured professor at the university of Toronto and Fez, Morocco where her architecture firm is located. But it was after a recent feature in the New York Times about the Sidi Harazem thermal baths restoration project that I finally reached out to Aziza. The thermal baths, near Fez, not only have healing properties, but the complex that Jean-Francois Zevaco designed in 1960 is done in brutalism style. Her credits also include transforming a slaughterhouse in Casablanca in to a cultural space, working on the restoration of the oldest existing university in the world – al-Qarawiyyin University in Fez and more. In fact, in the interview she shares details about a project she’s wrapping up in southern Morocco this month. Listen in as Aziza talks about post-independence architecture, her past and on-going projects, the role of the architect and the state of architecture in Morocco. Find out more about Aziza Chaouni Project: http://www.azizachaouniprojects.com/. To support Why Morocco, please consider buying me a coffee nouss nouss. For more Morocco ideas and advise, follow me on Instagram at @mandyinmorocco. My other projects include: Tasting Marrakech food and cultural tours in Marrakech tasting-marrakech.com Travel and public relations consulting Freelance writing for print and digital mandyinmorocco.com/freelance-writing/
페즈 강은 세계문화유산으로 등록된 미로와도 같은 중세 도시, 모로코의 '페즈의 메디나'를 관통합니다. 한때는 도시의 영혼으로 여겨졌던 이 강은 하수와 오염으로 인해 1950년대에는 전혀 보이지 않게 덮여 버리고 말았습니다. TED 펠로우인 Aziza Chaouni가 페즈 강에 이전의 영광을 돌려 주고 동시에 자신의 도시를 변화시키기 위해 20여 년 동안 들여 온 노력에 대해 이야기합니다.
Comment j'ai ramené une rivière et ma ville à la vie | Aziza Chaouni
La rivière serpente à travers la médina de Fès, au Maroc, une ville médiévale labyrinthique qui est un site du patrimoine mondial. Autrefois considérée comme « l'âme » de cette ville célèbre, la rivière a succombé à la pollution des et aux eaux usées, et dans les années 1950 a été recouverte peu à peu jusqu'à ce que rien ne reste. Aziza Chaouni raconte son effort de 20 ans pour rendre à cette rivière sa gloire passée et transformer sa ville dans la foulée.
Como eu trouxe um rio, e minha cidade, de volta à vida. | Aziza Chaouni
O rio Fez serpenteia através da medina de Fez, Marrocos - uma cidade medieval em forma de labirinto que é um Patrimônio Mundial da Humanidade. Uma vez considerado a "alma" desta celebrada cidade, o rio sucumbiu por conta do esgoto e poluição, e, na década de 1950, foi coberto pouco a pouco até que nada restasse. A TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni reconta seus 20 anos de esforços para restaurar este rio à sua antiga glória, e transformar sua cidade no processo.
How I brought a river, and my city, back to life | Aziza Chaouni
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The Fez River winds through the medina of Fez, Morocco—a mazelike medieval city that's a World Heritage site. Once considered the "soul" of this celebrated city, the river succumbed to sewage and pollution, and in the 1950s was covered over bit by bit until nothing remained. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni recounts her 20 year effort to restore this river to its former glory, and to transform her city in the process.
Wie ich einem Fluss und meiner Stadt wieder Leben einhauchte | Aziza Chaouni
Der Fluss Fez windet sich durch die Medina der gleichnamigen Stadt in Marokko -- eine labyrinthähnliche Altstadt, die zum Weltkulturerbe zählt. Der Fluss, der einst noch als "Seele" dieser gefeierten Stadt galt, erlag den Abwässern sowie der Umweltverschmutzung und wurde in den 1950er Jahren immer mehr verschüttet, bis nichts mehr von ihm übrig blieb. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni erzählt von ihren 20-jährigen Bemühungen, dem Fluss seinen alten Glanz zurückzugeben und dabei die Stadt zu verändern.
Como le di una cara nueva a un río y a mi ciudad | Aziza Chaouni
El río Fez serpentea a través de La Medina de Fez, Marruecos, una ciudad medieval laberíntica que es Patrimonio de la Humanidad. Antaño considerado el "alma" de esta célebre ciudad, el río sucumbió a las aguas residuales y la contaminación, y en la década de 1950 fue cubierto poco a poco hasta que no quedó nada. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni nos habla de su esfuerzo de 20 años por devolverle a este río su antigua gloria y por transformar su ciudad.