Reflections from our Latest Journey to Marrakech
Water is a fundamental element in any landscape, but in Marrakech, it assumes a special significance. It's not just a precious commodity; it's the pivot around which the city's life revolves.
Landscape is not static, nor is it universal; it's a living organism that modulates and transforms through the habits of the people who shape it. Marrakech is often referred to as the "Red City," but on this trip, our mission was to study its "Blue Thread" — that vital, constant flow that meanders through its gardens: water.
Traveling is not a luxury for us at work; rather, it's a necessity. To create and interpret spaces, we must grasp their essence.
Water is a fundamental element in any landscape, but in Marrakech, it assumes a special significance. It's not just a precious commodity; it's the pivot around which the city's life revolves. Its presence can be felt in the courtyards of the riads, the fountains adorning the palaces and madrasas, and the small irrigation channels that run through the gardens.
Our cameras have captured the nuances of this "Blue Thread," its course through the city, the life it fosters in its wake, and the calm it provides amidst the hustle and bustle of the Medina. These images are honest, true to what we have experienced and felt. We see them as a source of inspiration that will allow us to interpret our next project .
These are the concepts we've brought home in our suitcase and aim to embody in our next project:
Beauty lies in simplicity and in the harmony that emerges from the interaction between humans and their environment.
Water is life, change, fluidity. In Marrakech, we've understood that it's also respect, tradition, harmony. We're not merely designers.
We're mediators between humans and nature, between the past and the present, between tradition and innovation.
Traveling, for us, is a way to come home with a fresh outlook and a deeper understanding of our role and responsibilities as landscape architects. It serves as a reminder that we share numerous commonalities with the rest of the world, despite cultural and geographical differences.