Tuesday, 1 February 2011

North African Transgression

The next installment of our Emergent "Tectonic Transgressions" took us to Morocco.
We were housed in the 'Annexe', a property in Marrakesh owned by the University of Rabat, located just outside of the Medina Wall.

During the trip we immersed ourselves within the Medina of Marrakesh, designed a short project in cooperation with two Danish students from the Univeristy of Aalborg, and travelled up the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains as well as to Casablanca and Rabat.

The following photographs are of our exploration of Marrakesh and the Souks

The historic Medina Wall demarcates the old fortified city

The main square - "Djemaa El Fna", is a Unesco World Heritage site, primarily for the activities which occur within it. During the day the square is relatively busy, however at night it is transformed into a hive of acrobats, story tellers and musicians, as well as food tents which are erected and disassembled daily.

The Souks are the largest traditional style market in Morocco, and are arranged by trade, ie Leather Souk, Metalwork Souk, Spice Souk etc. They are a sensory overload of noise, colour and aroma.

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