Foreword

Rooted in a context of tragedy, the Casablanca Bombing Rooms seek to bring together the local community for collective gathering, learning, and cultural exchange in the quest for peace. As such, the library / exhibition space / cultural center is tasked with raising awareness as well as fulfilling its role as a social destination in Casablanca. The diverse program calls for a variety of spaces, ranging from dark to light, solitary to collective, and passive versus active. Given the range of demands, the judges placed particular focus on proposals that wove together each of these constraints in a clear and concise manner, while also honoring the memory of the nearby bombing.

Each entry was evaluated on a number of criteria, including but not limited to: strength and clarity of concept, originality, quality of presentation, appropriateness to context, and most importantly, its strength as a public community center capable of raising awareness against violence and encouraging group involvement. The research exhibited in these competition entries is not only applicable to this site, but also addresses the larger question of how to promote non-violence in the wake of tragic events around the world.

Competition results in media publications

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Bombing Rooms

1st Prize Winner

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CASABLANCA BOMBING ROOMS

Competitions offer a great way of benchmarking our School’s work against the international community. Our students respond well to the discipline of the competition forum and it extends their imagination to think about different, often exotic sites and cultures. Plus the problems are often intriguing, the briefs well set out and models for clarity and succinctness.

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Authors William Song Yuan, Rachel Hurst
Country Australia

2nd Prize Winner

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CASABLANCA BOMBING ROOMS

We participate in vision competitions because it is an opportunity to think about architecture beyond the routine limitations that we have in everyday work. It is chance to train creativity and to compete with professionals all over the world. Vision competitions make architects dream!

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Authors Iryna Safonova , Laurène Mousnier
Country China

3rd Prize Winner

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CASABLANCA BOMBING ROOMS

It is my pleasure to provide a lens for people to see the world differently. Emotional attachment to a space can happen even through two dimensional presentation boards. If the viewers of my project imagine visiting the space I designed, think what they would do in this space, have a little smile on their faces, start to expand their imagination, and gradually grow attached to this potential of a place, that’s the reason to participate in this kind of competition. These competitions are a great opportunity to think about the link between architecture and society, and that can only strengthen my vision.

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Author Rina Chinen
Country Japan

Honorable Mentions

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CASABLANCA BOMBING ROOMS

Author Win Rojanastien
Country Thailand
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CASABLANCA BOMBING ROOMS

Authors Lahbib El Moumni, Imad Dahmani, Fatim Zahra Benhamza
Country Morocco
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CASABLANCA BOMBING ROOMS

Authors Liviu Vlad Moraru, Aina Constantin, Loana Aron
Country Romania
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Authors Andrey Ukolov, Ekaterina Osipova
Country Russian Federation
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Authors Naiji Jiao, Seven(Xiru) Chen, Louis(Yi) Liu
Country Canada
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Authors AHALADINI SRIDHARAN, GURJIT SINGH MATHAROO, AHALADINI SRIDHARAN, KARSIMRAN SINGH
Country India