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Habitat Marocain Documents

Dynamics Between Formal and Informal Housing

Casablanca’s Habitat Marocain housing project was built between 1954 and 1956 by Swiss architects Jean Hentsch and André Studer, part of the major postwar reconstruction and expansion undertaken by the French colonial administration after World War II. The building was intended to house local inhabitants rather than European expats, and that intention guided the architects in their design, which reflected a number of ethnographic assumptions about the Moroccan populace.
            This richly illustrated book explores the process of designing and building Habitat Marocain, illustrating the complicated interplay of ethnographic imagination and design synthesis, as well as the increasingly informal further development of the project after it was officially completed.

200 pages | 142 color plates, 35 halftones | 8 x 11 | © 2015

Architecture: Middle Eastern, African, and Asian Architecture

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Table of Contents

A Dossier on Habitat Marocain
Sascha Roesler

Design Concepts
André Studer / Sascha Roesler

Photo Album
The Architect’s Ethnographic View
André Studer / Theres Studer

Documenting Change

The Life and Times of Habitat Marocain
Sascha Roesler

Modern Architecture in “Africa”
Udo Kultermann / Sascha Roesler

Jean Hentsch Architects
Jean Hentsch / André Studer

Biographical Constellation
Jean Hentsch / André Studer

Image Credits

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