Lecture 5. Water in Architecture : Maghreb and Mediterranean Basin

At the scale of the architectural edifices, water had also particular roles in space making. These roles were varying in degrees, from functional to aesthetical functions. In both religious buildings and private houses, public spaces and courtyards, water fountains and basins showed the pivotal role that water played in spatial organization of these places. This role became more visible in gardens and palaces, where architecture was totally integrated to water. The lecture focuses on the particular edifices in Maghreb and Mediterranean Basin, recounting the role of water in their formation and organization. From gardens and palaces in or around cities, to the particular spaces dedicated to water such as sirocco chambers or fountain rooms, and from private mansions to the religious edifices.

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