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Building Beyond Borders

Building Beyond Borders

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Yearly, one Design/Build project forms the leitmotif of the programme. Projects selected have: 

  • a high beneficial impact on the local community at large,
  • a support base within the community,
  • financial and practical support from the community and sponsors/donors,
  • high potentials for innovation in architecture and sustainability,
  • the possibility to act as a demonstration and capacity-building project for the local community.

In close collaboration with a non-governmental organization and/or an architect, the project is developed from the ground up within the structure and process of the postgraduate programme.

Within an academic set-up, a professional working situation with a real-life project team (i.e. client, architect, contractor) is incorporated.


Project brief 2018-2019

The Design/Build project selected for 2018-2019 is ‘Centre des Femmes’ in Ouled-Merzoug, a small rural village situated in an oasis of one of many deserted landscapes of Morocco. Here, the inhabitants of the village, led by the principal of the local school, have initiated the idea of setting up a women’s house. This house is committed to strengthening community development through education and empowerment of women by providing services, support and training opportunities.

Based on a previous realized sustainable project in the village (pre-school) and aware of the importance of sustainability and the incorporation of the local identity, the initiators have commissioned BC architects & studies (Brussels, Belgium) to develop the project. In turn, BC architects & studies has offered the project to this postgraduate programme to act as a Design/Build project for the participants.



September 2018 Start of the Postgraduate programme “Building Beyond Borders”
November 2018 Field study workshop week on site with the participants of BBB
January 2019 Jury of individual design of the BBB participants
February 2019 Workshop redesigning one group project of the different individual BBB participant project
May 2019 Start of the construction of the women’s centre
August 2019 Inauguration of the women’s centre