[P4729] The Preservation of Historic Architecture in North African Cities

Created by Susan Slyomovics
Monday, 11/20/17 10:30am


Cultural and social imperatives are increasingly drawing attention to how people actually live in North African cities, how social relations were and are conducted, what the symbols of political authority and the boundaries of religious space were and are, and how urban ambience, then and now, may be delineated by memory and identity. This multi-faceted, culturally aware approach emphasizes the social use of urban space; it also distinguishes the categories of the 'map' and the 'building' and considers the role of literature and culture in the invasion, destruction, and current rebuilding of the city. Recent architectural fieldwork is opening up a portfolio of case studies on the urban form: it reveals current trends in historical research on North African cities, demonstrates the variety of new sources and theoretical approaches to the historical narrative of the city space, and champions new studies by anthropologists and architects regarding social praxis within the urban context.

This panel incorporates a number of distinct themes including the global circulation of people, idea and things, the intersections of local associations with state-mandated undertakings concerning tangible and intangible heritage, the changing face of North African cities, preservation disputes over the colonial Spanish and French urban fabric, and notions of leisure, tourism, and the right to the city in the Global South. By offering accounts of preservation struggles in the most high-profile and symbolic cities of contemporary Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, the panel also responds to interest in understanding the relative cultural, economic and political resiliency of these countries in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.


American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)


Archit & Urb Plng



Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Zeynep Celik

(New Jersey Institute of Technolocy)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Diana Wylie

(Boston University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Presenter;

Daniel Coslett

(Western Washington University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;


Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;