Historic city centres and rural Mediterranean areas bear witness to the history and tradition of their inhabitants. Traditional Mediterranean architecture is important for many reasons and above all represents the living heritage that houses millions of people. However, due to a lack of knowledge and awareness, politicians and the population alike often consider traditional architecture more of a hindrance from the past than a potential for future development.
Montada sets out to address a comprehensive preservation of this heritage. To this end, it proposes recognition by politicians, governments and the population of the value of traditional architecture as an element of cultural identity and a potential source of social, economic and environmental development at local level.
Montada plans to work within a new framework of governance with a wide range of activities to develop recognition of the value of traditional architecture. The principal features of Montada are the Forums of Citizen Participation set up in each of the cities involved (Salé, Marrakech, Ghardaïa, Dellys, Sousse and Kairouan) and EIDEM, the international multidisciplinary team of experts that provides the necessary support for the Forums and their work.
This Project, implemented by a partnership specialized in the field of rehabilitation and conservation in different cities of the Mediterranean, aims at targeting civil society by emphasising the value of traditional architecture, so that its inhabitants can enjoy living and working in it.