Rehabilitation of Mediterranean architecture

Article author: FUNCI

Date of publication of the article: 20110624

Year of publication: 2011

RehabiMed is a young spanish organization from Barcelona, dealing with Rehabilitation of Traditional Mediterranean Architecture. From the Islamic Culture Foundation, we desire to recognise its work and goals.

The RehabiMed project forms part of Euromed Heritage, the European culture programme that came into being after the 1995 Barcelona conference, which set out to create a space of peace and prosperity throughout the Mediterranean basin.

This project is led and coordinated by the Col·legi d’Aparelladors i Arquitectes Tècnics de Barcelona and directed by Xavier Casanovas Boixereu.

RehabiMed’s objectives

To strengthen rehabilitation and maintenance as factors of sustainable development (social, economic and environmental) in all Mediterranean countries.

To contribute to improvements in the living conditions of a broad spectrum of the Mediterranean population.

To preserve the historical and cultural identity of traditional Mediterranean architecture.

To create synergies and transnational networks of experts in the various fields of building rehabilitation and maintenance.

Working Areas

I. Knowledge and methodology. The development of tools, strategies and methodologies of rehabilitation.

II. Training and knowledge transfer. Dissemination of the tools developed as part of training activities.

III. Pilot operations. Experimentation and demonstration of the possibilities and effects of a good rehabilitation policy.

Vectors of rehabilitation

In its seminars and pilot operations, RehabiMed concentrates its work on four basic vectors of rehabilitation:

Rehabilitation and urban landscape: Lefkara (Cyprus).

Rehabilitation and artisans: Cairo (Egypt).

Rehabilitation and sustainable tourism: Kairouan (Tunisia).

Rehabilitation and social measures: Marrakech (Morocco).