Crafting the City: Focus Morocco

RISD is partnered with Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy, Maison de l’Artisan and Holmarcom Group to co-create a multifaceted collaboration and partnership between RISD faculty and students and Moroccan craftspeople, designers and academics.

The 16-month interdisciplinary program aims to create an educational platform for a rich experiential cultural exchange and discourse-driven studies that reinforce a shared commitment to preserving heritages and artisan practices in Morocco and beyond, while exploring the intersections of arts and crafts with technology, innovation and the built environment.

At-A-Glance

Faculty
What
Multi-year Initiative
Where
  • Fez, Morocco
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Providence, United States
When
Academic Year

Jan 1, 2017 — Jun 1, 2020

Department
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Interior Architecture
  • Theory and History of Art and Design
Morocco Initiative
Providence, United States 2018
Shared Languages Exhibition
Providence, United States 2018
Morocco: Clay-in-Context
Providence, United States 2018

Morocco Initiative

The pilot program includes a five-week travel course in Morocco for students to study craft in relationship to the built environment in Fés, a full semester on-campus course focused on the intersections of patterns within craft and the built environment, a seminar on craft in the Islamic world, and a one-week residency for members of Morocco’s craft community to be held on RISD’s campus. Each aspect of the program engages the RISD community with the depth and richness of craft in Morocco today while also showcasing the value of craft know-how and the role of craft within the built environment. A core goal of the program is to foster cross-cultural learning and exchange across languages, socio-economic realities and geographies.

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Morocco: Advanced Studio - Pattern | Performance | Clay

This course will focus on the architectural relevance of ceramic craft in the construction of contemporary building components and products, and will study the use of clay through in depth research and a series of hands on experiments.

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Morocco: Crafting the City

In this studio course RISD students will engage with the reciprocity between craftsmanship and the adaptation of the built environment in the context of artisan economies.

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