Author: Kuralay Yesmukhanova
Tutor: Sara Shafiei, Aleksandrina Rizova
Oxford Brookes University
The urban farm next to the Fez tanneries embraces the idea of creating an oasis in the middle of a plant-free Medina. It uses eco-friendly materials and provides additional tourist attraction point, generating higher income for the local community. The tourists are meant to walk on the structure and be able to enjoy the panoramic view over the tanneries and the city. Meanwhile, the animal products (wool, hides) from the tanneries and the local farm are being processed nearby, reducing the CO2 miles and increasing the production efficiency.
Moroccans use the white wool for spinning threads used for textile and carpets. However, it is impossible to color black fur. So, the locals throw the dark colored wool to the river. Such an act pollutes the river enormously. The farm collects the black wool and re-cycles it for felt making, insulation and so on.
Steel overheats during the summer. Touching the structure might cause skin burns. Bamboo grows very fast. It is easy to construct, whereas installing the steel structure might be problematic. Bamboo was chosen as the material due to its strength, flexibility, ease of construction, lower CO2 impact and lower overheating potential in comparison to the metal structure.
The suspended and rooftop gardens are located at different levels for the adequate solar access. Also, the plants assist on shading and cooling the living, working, and walking areas. In winter time the sun would be able to come through since the leaves of the plants would fall out.