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Casablanca, Morocco
 

This city is the industrial center of Morokko and you can feel the industrial atmosphere. After visiting all the royal cities and Marrakech, I was quite disappointed. 

The Hasan - 11 - Mosque is very famous and the main attraction in Casablanca. From the outside it is very impressing and monumental, from the inside it is giant, but a little bit rough. I missed the perfect floral ornaments, which are typical for the islamic style.

The Fact that they can open the whole roof (like an open air Mosque) fascinated me deeply.

 

Volubilis - Meknès, Morocco
 

These Roman and Berber ruins have their origins in the 3rd century BC.

The site is now very well preserved and it´s famous for the wonderful Mosaics on the floors. 

Even if you are not interested in this archeological site, you can admire the great choice of this genius loci in the roman time. You have got a great view and the perfect location for an old roman city.

In 1997 it was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The modern Entrance building by KILO Architecture was built in 2011.

Fès, Morocco
 

It´s not only the oldest of the royal cities, in Fès is also the oldest University on Earth - the University of Al Qarawiyin, founded in 859.

The very famous Medina with its many alleys, where you are lost if you are not local and the tenner quarter with its´ bad smell (in summer) is a must do for every tourist.

Unfortunately it is prohibited to enter the Royal Palace or even take a photo of the facade or anything.

If you go up to the Tombeaux Des Mérinides, you´ve got a great view over the Medina and it´s many tiny houses.

Kasbah - a typical moroccan home, Morocco
 

It is a citadel in the regions of North Africa. In a Kasbah lived one family with ca. 20 persons. The 80 - 120 cm thick walls built out of mud, straw and sand, protected the family from animals, attackers and the heat in summer. 

These materials are very healthy and are the reason for a very good indoor climate.

But if they do not always renovate and renew, the Kasbah, it will return to dust.

 

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Vernacular Architecture, Morocco
 

This way of building is perfectly adapted to the local needs, the local traditions and the climate.

This vernacular material is mud in Morocco. It is one of the oldest building materials of the humanity and one third of the population on earth is still living houses out of mud.

You can find it everywhere and it fulfils your needs like no other material. Beside the technical aspects, these mud houses fit perfectly into the landscape. It seems like the Architecture mergers with the landscape.

Marrakech, Morocco
 

If you don´t have much time, pause on the roof terrace of the Café du France and observe the scene on the square. It will take hours until you have seen everything between the jugglers, sellers, snake charmers, doctors, tourists, locals and horse drawn carriages. There you can feel the magic, the character and the mentality of this city.

I think in this city it is not much about the architecture as we know it, it´s more about atmosphere and how it works without spending much money on sth.

Township Capetown,
South Africa
 

In these neighborhoods live incredible poor people, who are often sick, don´t have much to eat and often have many kids. It really hurts how poor they are and most of them are still very warm.

Their cabins are built out of waste and what they found. I think this photo says a lot about how talented they are building a home out of nothing. 

 

 
Namibia 

Most of the area is nature or desert. The whole population of this country is about 2.1 million people. 

I have spent my time in the desert, Windhoek the capital and Svakopmund, a small and very german (because it was a german colony) city at the coast.

Because of the huge area of the desert Namib, you can find a lot of vernacular architecture examples. In Svakopmund, you´ve got the impression being in a city that is just built for a movie, because it seems like everything fits perfectly together.

Garden Route, South Africa

This is called the region along the south coast of South Africa.

The area is spread between Mossel Bay and the most eastern city Port Elizabeth. It is famous for its landscape and the wild nature, but I also found some architectural impressions.

Stellenbosch, South Africa

It is much smaller than Cape Town but  it has wonderful roads lined with old trees and beautiful houses in the Cape Dutch Style.

Most of them are painted white and their windows have glazing bars. In between you can find some modern buildings with fancy bars, designer cafés, fashion boutiques and old restaurants. It is really picturesque!

Cape Town, South Africa

The city is named after the Cape of Good Hope that is in the south of the city.

Cape Town has a very European flair, not only because it was the most important harbor during the time when it was a Dutch Colony for 150 years.

Today it is still very much visited by European tourists. When you are the, enjoy the view from the Tablemountain over the bay, have a look at Robben Island and walk along the Alfred & Victoria Waterfront.

Johannesburg & Pretoria, South Africa

With 4.4 million inhabitans Johannesburg is the largest city in southern Africa.

 

Pretoria is the capital of South Africa and long and important history. In this history the Union Buildings, designed by Sir Herbert Baker and built 1910 to 1913, is quite important.

In this building Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the first `black´ President of the Republic South Africa in 1994.

Soweto, South Africa

It means „South Western Townships“and is located in the southwest of Johannesburg. Today it is a part of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. This little „Town“ is famous because it is the hometown of Nelson Mandela.

Most of the houses are little four-room houses, given by the government to the `black workers´ during the apartheid. This was the time of the separation between `black´and `white´people against which Nelson Mandela has fought.