Design social et design d'évènement dans le Sud-Est tunisien : l'hétérotopie de l'espace ksourien. Une recherche-projet.

Nesrine Ellouze 1
1 PROJEKT, EA 7447 / Université de Nîmes
UNIMES - Université de Nîmes : EA7447
Abstract : As an architectural and heritage space peculiar to Berber (Amazigh) culture, the ksar (plural ksour) was used in the past as a granary and storage space by its owners, the local semi-nomadic tribes of Southern Tunisia. With time and the change to modernity, a shift in the socio-cultural values and worldview of the local population led to the neglect or mere abandonment of the ksour. The thesis hypothesizes that the concept of heterotopia coined by Michel Foucault could help provide an interpretation of these sites leading to the opening of an innovative project space that would restore value to the ruins of the ksour, behind which, as highlighted by our field inquiry, there lie institutional, social, and intergenerational conflicts. It is in such prospect, through a project-grounded research approach grounded on an event design project that took place during four days in April 2018, that we ventured to capitalize upon the available collective intelligence resulting from the dynamics of the system of stakeholders connected with this archeological and architectural heritage, otherwise promised to a mere touristic-economic exploitation. We believe that such an approach, consonant with social innovation by design methodologies (or social design), will make it possible to secure a sustainable and culturally fruitful future to the ksour without compromising their historical, anthropological, and patrimonial richness and meaningfulness.
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Nesrine Ellouze. Design social et design d'évènement dans le Sud-Est tunisien : l'hétérotopie de l'espace ksourien. Une recherche-projet.. Architecture, aménagement de l'espace. Université de Nîmes; Université de Tunis, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019NIME0002⟩. ⟨tel-02136217⟩

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