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Sidi Amor’s eco-village for arts and crafts
Ariana, Tunisia
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Rehabilitate the land and utilize its local resources

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Phase:
under construction
Updated:
3 December 2019
introduction

The “eco-village for art and crafts", located just 12 km from the center of the capital Tunis, offers facilities for the different crafts in that area. The idea and the spatial program of the eco-village were the brain child of dr. attaieb ben miled the head of the NGO GDA sidi amor. At its heart is an aspiration to bring together all the sustainable activities in an integrated program of vocational training for the young people of the area. This would make social inclusion of young people in the sustainable development of the natural site a reality. Also, this "village" will be the heart of the sustainable eco-tourism development in the area, which will complement the Working Village for arts and crafts.

The first Compressed Bricks Building as part of the effort to bring awareness to the public

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The second building in the eco-village built by the GDA sidi amor and the students of Architecture as part of the summer workshop August 2012

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cultural and social context

The landowners of the Jbel sidi amor region decided to take things into their own hands, after following the advice of a public servant who proposed initiating an NGO to help give a legal and organized face to their activities, they began a campaign to preserve and protect both the agricultural land and the nearby pine forest under threat from over grazing and unauthorized building encroachments.

The Spanish ambassador to Tunis in a visit to the Séjnéne ceramic training workshop held at the GDA Sidi Amor with collaboration with the National ceramic centre of Sidi Kacim Az-Zeligi

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The GDA founder Dr. Ataieb Ben Miled inspecting the work of the Séjnéne Women

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Dr. Mohamed Hashisha the director of the National ceramic centre of Sidi Kacim Az-Zeligi, giving a lecture to the women of Séjnéne as part of a training workshop to help improve their ancient craft.

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materials and building techniques

The materials of choice for this particular project are clay which is readily available and abundant in a fairly good quality for construction, the second building material is limestone which is quarried nearby and brought to our site virtually for free since it is the left over blocks that is no longer commercially viable to sell in the market.

The mixing process(Clay, Hay, Water)

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Team work at the building site

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earth and climate

Tunisia is situated on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa, midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Nile Delta. An abrupt southward turn of the Mediterranean coast in northern Tunisia gives the country two distinctive Mediterranean coasts, west-east in the north, which is where our site is situated, and north-south in the east.

Adobe bricks from the Earth under our feet

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The Olive Groves and the rolling hills of jbel sidi amor

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The Pendentive dome from the top, with a view toward the Rose garden and the rolling hills

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Adobe bricks were made from the sub-soil at the site which ensures harmony with nature to the full

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Mr. Satprem MAÏNI from “THE AUROVILLE EARTH INSTITUTE” and Mr. Mathieu Hardy “Association la voûte Nubienne” are inspecting the compressing machine manufactured locally by our team.

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Ms.Camu from france gave a three day hands-on workshop to our team and the children of the counity on decorating with clay.

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Ms. camu working with the children.

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The "eco-village" Site with the proposed program

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The Gardens of Jbel Sidi Amor -Ariana

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Th Rose Garden is the heart and the visual image of the development

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The Medicinal Garden

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Looking toward the Hills

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The Palm Tree Orchard

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