The Sidi Harazem Rehabilitation Project was initiated in 2017 with the support of the Getty Foundation’s Keeping It Modern Grant which supports the development of Conservation Management Plans (CMPs) for exceptional Modern heritage across the globe.
Aziza Chaouni Projects, HRM (a branch of the CDG – Morocco’s State Pension Fund) and the Foundation CDG joined forces to complete the grant, which culminated in a detailed plan of action for the site’s rehabilitation, an exhibition in Rabat at Espace Expressions CDG, and a series of artist residencies, while awaiting the actual application of the Conservation Management Plan.
This website represents an extension of these efforts, sharing work completed towards the site’s conservation and creating opportunities for the public to become involved- through sharing their memories, or contributing comments on the masterplan.
Project team: Aziza Chaouni, Lucy Hofbauer, Lindsay Newton, Azucena Guerrero, Lahcen Alaoui, Hamza Slaoui, Veronica Gallego Sotelo, Dana Salama, Yi Zhang, Zineb Tazi, AbdelHamid Elfadil, Lahcen Alaoui, Cheryl Wei. Photography and Videography by Andreea Muscurel. Post-production by Andreea Muscurel.
Keeping it Modern Program
The Getty Foundation developed Keeping It Modern, an international grant initiative that continues a deep commitment to architectural conservation with a focus on important buildings of the 20th century.
Since 2014, Keeping It Modern has supported 54 grant projects of outstanding architectural significance that contribute to advancing conservation practice. Current active grants focus on the creation of conservation management plans that guide long-term maintenance and conservation policies, the thorough investigation of building conditions, and the testing and analysis of modern materials.
Emerging from its desire to organize and structure its initiatives and commitments that fall within the framework of its social responsibility, the CDG group, to which the Sidi Harazem site belongs, has created the CDG Foundation.
This Foundation, which bears the status of an association of public interest, works on translating the citizenship values of the CDG Group into reality by carrying out projects and actions that keep pace with the social developments in our country.
In this context, the Foundation CDG Fund has chosen to contribute to programs with a national, regional or local impact by supporting innovative businesses and projects that propose sustainable solutions as well as cultural programming in the fields of art, poetry, fiction and short stories writing to which it awards literary prizes.
In the field of art in particular, the Foundation for the CDG contributes to the advancement of culture by organizing annual exhibitions in its gallery in Rabat featuring contemporary artists who have created and enriched the expressive artistic field inside and outside Morocco.
Aziza Chaouni Projects
Aziza Chaouni Projects is an award-winning design office based in Toronto, Canada and Fez, Morocco. ACP consists of a multi-disciplinary team of architects, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, graphic designers, and visual artists who love to craft unique strategies for every project. At the heart of ACP’s work is the integration of users and stakeholders throughout the design process and a commitment to researching and making resilient and environmentally-sensitive designs, buildings, neighborhoods and cities.