Competition :: [Casablanca] Sustainable Market Square

Standard Registration: July 15  - August 31, 2012 ($80)
Late Registration:  September 1 - October 31, 2012  ($120)
Submission Deadline: November 5, 2012
Award: $3,500

A Market square is a public open area where market stalls are traditionally set out for trading, commonly on particular days. It is usually situated in the centre of the town, surrounded by buildings and streets. Sustainable Architecture is a general term that describes environmentally conscious design techniques in the field of architecture. Casablanca is a young and dynamic city in Morocco with a population estimated at approximately 4 million habitants.It is the largest city in the Maghreb and the fourth largest in Africa. It is also an important business hub with 60% of the country’s economic activities.

The aim of this International Competition is to design a New Sustainable Market Square in Casablanca. The architecture of this new Structure should reflect contemporary design tendencies. The proposal must not only attend to the specific function but the design should also take into consideration the urban insertion and its impact.

This Competition hopes to achieve the following:

  • Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an original market. 
  • Create a new contemporary social space where locals can meet and shop. 
  • Generate the discussion and ideas about the functionality of community and street commerce. 
  • Meet the requirements of Green Architecture.
  • Experiment with innovative materials.

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