Fez Lessons

Fez Lessons

Industrious Habitat. Teaching and Research in Architecture

The "Scramble for Africa's" endless shadow: the cultural and socio-economic clashes European colonization caused can be traced in Morocco's former capital Fez to the present day




Edited by Harry Gugger, Sarah Bart, Augustin Clément, Alexandros Fotakis, and Tiago Trigo

1st edition

, 2019

Text in English


204 pages, 116 color and 257 b/w illustrations, graphics and, plans

21 x 31 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-169-2

In cooperation with Laboratory Basel (laba), EPFL


Morocco—located at a crossroads between Sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghrebi Arab-Muslim world, and Mediterranean Europe—has struggled with cultural and sociopolitical clashes eversince the infamous Scramble for Africa in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These clashes have left enduring marks on the urban fabric of Fez, Morocco’s former capital and second-largest city, including its landmarks and landscapes.

Fez Lessons: Industroius Habitat is a project of Laboratory Basel (laba), founded in 2011 as a satellite studio of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Based on recent research, the book explores Fez’s urban fabric, relaying a compelling story of how the city has been shaped and reshaped over time. The findings are visualized in striking images, graphics, and maps and followed by proposals for architectural interventions that address key issues by facilitating alternate forms of association and community. Given the growing stream of international investment, the constant enticement of tourism, and a worldwide revival of nationalism, interventions focus on these challenges, among others, raising questions about identity, authenticity, tradition, globalization, and the use of local resources.


Other volumes in the Teaching and Research in Architecture series:

Barents Lessons (out of print)

Swiss Lessons (out of print)

Icelandic Lessons (out of print)

Venice Lessons

Israel Lessons

Portugal Lessons

Manor Lessons

Autoren & Herausgeber

Sarah Barth

 ist Architektin und als Research Assistant am Laboratoire Bâle (laba) der EPFL tätig.

Augustin Clément

 ist Architekt und arbeitet als Teaching Assistant am laba.

Alexandros Fotakis

 ist Architekt und als Teaching Assistant am Laboratoire Bâle (laba) der EPFL tätig.

Harry Gugger

 ist Architekt und seit 2005 Professor an der Architekturabteilung der Ecole polytéchnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Er leitet das EPFL-Studio Laboratoire Bâle (laba).

Harry Gugger

 is an architect and a Professor at Ecole Polytéchnique Fédérale de Lausanne's (EPFL) School of Architecture since 2005. He is head of EPFL's Basel-based satellite studio Laboratory Basel (laba).

Tiago Trigo

 ist Architekt und al Teaching Assistant am laba tätig.