1 July 2008
POULLAOUEC-GONIDEC, Philippe (2008) (Dir.), WORKSHOP TUNISIE – Invention paysagère des carrières de Mahdia, Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, Collection "Architecture de paysage", Montreal, 152 p.
Mahdia, Tunisia’s ancient city with a marine soul, ponders the fate of its stone as its urban development foresees a new horizon: the ridge of an ancient coastal strip that houses its quarries. Exploited, appropriated as nourishing garden and neglected, they are becoming an integral part of the city’s future. Barely visible from the urban space, these quarries are uncommon. They are part of the city’s history. The current challenge is that they contribute to the city’s future, to its renewal.
The result of an original international experience that gathered students, teachers and experts in landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning and tourism studies, this book relates the experimental work on the landscape rehabilitation of Mahdia’s quarries. Building on the creative input of a cultural endeavour between the Maghreb, the Middle East, Europe and North America, the experience revived the very singular nature of quarries and their contexts. Most importantly, it exposed a set of intentions for their enhancement and their development.
A true legacy for the citizens of this Mediterranean city, the landscape creation of Mahdia’s quarries delivers unprecedented design solutions for the future.