The focus of this edition is on combining local materials, traditional craftsmanship and contemporary knowledge to co-create a building that is connective and comfortable

Ouled Merzoug is a small earthen village near the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Here, a piece of land is offered by the community to the recently founded women’s association AFOM (Association des Femmes d’Ouled Merzoug). 

In close collaboration with local women and workers, we will design and build a space for the association. The end result of this participatory process is a WOMEN'S HOUSE:: a meeting, working and learning place in the centre of the village. A place where women can share their crafts with the community and visitors. 

In this project, we invite the local community and craftsmen to challenge with us the limits of sustainable building by maximizing the use of local and regenerative materials and combining traditional and contemporary building techniques.

During the building phase, we organize an EARTH FESTIVAL to celebrate the beauty and relevance of this timeless building material.

More information about the academic structure and backgrounds of the postgraduate certificate can be found on the UHasselt BuildingBeyondBorders website.


At the end of our postgraduate year, we want to say goodbye and thank our partners and new friends, but not without writing down our experiences and reflections in this News Beyond Borders newspaper. Enjoy!

News Beyond Borders ed. #1.pdf