This group of architects, city planners, landscape planners, and environmental engineers is taking a tour of Vauban, Freiburg’s sustainably designed neighborhood, bombarding the neighborhood’s architect with questions along the way: What wood was used to make the Heliotrop, which directs itself towards the sun like a sunflower in order to warm up in the winter and to produce energy with the help of solar collectors? What is the water in the pond used for? Where do you get affordable solar modules? It is quickly apparent that the women and men from Maghreb are experts in their fields.
Hafsa Bakri - an environmental engineer from Morocco in her early 30s who works as a regional director for the environment in Marrakech - will begin her job shadowing next week. She had this to say about the Vauban neighborhood: "We, the Baladiya participants, are from countries with lots of sunshine, which is why we see this settlement as a perfect example. And renewable energy is just one element of this: other elements include covering roofs with plants and grass, collecting rainwater, and reducing traffic. I hope to initiate a pilot project in Marrakech that also combines various aspects of sustainability."
Baladiya in Freiburg
The program "Baladiya - New Approaches to Urban Development" is a perfect example of how the Foundation is supporting the design of sustainable and forward-thinking living spaces. It brings together experts in urban development from Maghreb so that they can work together to improve the quality of life in North African cities. In doing so, the participants deal with both ecological sustainability as well as the involvement of citizens in the urban development.