The whole Mediterranean region shares a common object of cultural value – the hammam, the public Turkish bath.
The hammam has very specific features which reflect its importance and call for its promotion among the public: it is an architectural legacy and a living cultural heritage and as such it combines tangible and intangible heritage; it is well embedded in urban communities, filling an important role for neighborhoods and, in many cases, for the Medina as a whole, and yet it runs the risk of disappearing.
The main aim of Hammamed project is to raise awareness of the hammam as a common cultural heritage in the Mediterranean area and beyond mostly through public awareness raising activities, conferences and workshops, dissemination activities and specific actions for two selected hammams ( Hammam Ammuna in Damascus and Hammam Saffarin in Fez).
Among the expected results, social studies, rehabilitation design on ecological basis, hammam and neighbourhood days in Mediterranean cities, an exhibition and a documentary film.
The target group will be the scientific community of hammam related disciplines, selected governmental agencies and local population (especially youth, students, and women) and stakeholder representatives (teachers and hammam staff).
The partnership of Hammamed project is headed by Oikodrom, the Vienna Institute for Urban Sustainability, in association with the University of Liverpool, the French Institute for Near East of Damascus and ADER (Agence pour la Dédensification et la Réhabilitation de la Medina de Fès).