Opening of the 1st session of the Architectural Days of Carthage

Tunis, By celebrating architecture through the organization of the Architectural Days of Carthage, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs is giving to this art its real and deserved value as it has a major impact on our environment and reflects our aspirations, while paying tribute to the architects who have shaped and will always shape our private and public spaces”, said M. Mohamed Zinelabidine, Minister of Cultural Affairs at the official opening ceremony of the first session of the Architectural Days of Carthage held on Saturday November 30. 2019, at the Theater of Regions of the City of Culture, in presence of M. Noureddine Selmi, Minister of Equipment, Housing and Territorial Planning, M. Mokhtar Hammami, Minister of the Environment and a very large number of architects and architecture students.

During this opening ceremony, Mrs. Chiraz Saied, Director of this first session of the JAC, praised all those who took part in the organization of this event, mainly the Minister of Cultural Affairs, saying that "architecture, as the oldest art, will be celebrated over three days by all Tunisians, which will represent a great recognition to the pioneers and to those who are still working with passion despite the deep changes that our society is experiencing".

For his part, M. Mohamed Marzouk, Head of the Architects' Association recalled that this event represents the culmination of the great efforts undertaken with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs since 2018, adding that these Days were initially an idea and a dream that has been realized today.

During this evening, a tribute was paid to the pioneers of architecture in Tunisia, namely Zeineb Haddad Mizouni, Ali Abdessamad, Omar Khouja, Noureddine Rebii, Hachemi Boukhris, Hedi Omran, Fathi Kouchak, René Lesage, Lotfi Bouzouita, Lotfi Abderrazak and Sami Yaiche.

The opening ceremony was also marked by the projection of the documentary "All come from dust" winner of the Tanit d’Or award at the JCC this year, directed by student architect Younes Ben Sliman, followed by a musical concert: Undergue3 presented by a group of student architects.

The Architectural Days of Carthage will continue with conferences on several themes including "academic architecture" by Professor Jean Pierre Péneau and Senior Lecturer Leila Ammar and "Architecture and heritage" by Architect Benjamin Mouton and Architect Tarek Ben Miled. Also the program of these Days includes open juries and will finally be closed with the awards ceremony on Monday December 02. 2019 during which several awards will be awarded, mainly: The best project inspired from the revisited heritage Award (20 thousand dinars),

The best civil building project Award (20 thousand dinars), The best tertiary building project Award (20 thousand dinars), The best individual building project Award (10 thousand dinars), in addition to the best work Award.

The opening ceremony was preceded by an urban parade which started at the Habib Bourguiba Avenue, where a huge installation was built in front of the Municipal Theatre.

The parade crossed the streets till the City of Culture with the participation of more than 200 students dressed in white and holding geometric forms referring to architecture; a beautiful demonstration that reflects an overflowing creativity.

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