The Traditional Building Cultures Foundation is collaborating with Union for the Mediterranean and UNESCO in the organization of a series of meetings as part of the Savoir-faire traditionnels de la construction dans le sud de la Méditerranée program.
The second of these meetings, after the inaugural event held in Barcelona last July, took place on December 5, 6 and 7 in Tunisia, one of the countries that are part of the program. The meeting was organized in collaboration with the Ministère de l’Équipement et de l’Habitat of Tunisia and was attended by a large number of national and international experts. Some visits to the historic center of Tunis were also organized.
The objective of this workshop, focused on the sustainability of traditional building, architecture and urban planning, was to identify and promote good practices for raising awareness, preserving and promoting vernacular architecture, local materials and traditional building techniques. It also aimed to reinforce the cultural roots of traditional solutions and their ability to adapt to the climate, to foster a sustainable local economy and to promote the creation of useful and skilled jobs linked to traditional materials and techniques and to heritage preservation.
The meeting was attended by a large number of national experts, mostly from the Ministère de l’Equipement et de l’Habitat de Tunisie, and international experts. The meeting also included a series of technical visits, including a tour of the historic Medina of the Tunisian capital with architect Jellal Abdelkafi.