Agadir PDU: delivery of Ibn Zaidoun Park and Sahara cinema

In addition to the completed upgrade of Ibn Zaidoun Park and the rehabilitation of the Sahara Cinema, the Salam Cinema, one of the buildings spared by the earthquake of 29 February 1960, was the subject of a donation. The businessman, Aziz Aboualmajd, graciously handed over this historic monument to the urban municipality of Agadir.

More than two years after the launch of the Agadir Urban Development Program, on February 4, 2020, at Al Amal Square, several components included in this PDU have been delivered. In addition to the construction of local land in the various districts of the city, the development of the entrance to the city, via Bensergao, as well as the upgrade of Avenue Mohammed V and the development, expansion and reinforcement of the public lighting of a set of streets and boulevards, the PDU has just handed over the first section of Ibn Zaidoun Park, in particular the eponymous garden, whose work was launched in February 2021.

It was at the end of last week that this space, designed by Jean Challet, French landscape architect in charge of green spaces at the High Commission for the Reconstruction of Agadir (HCRA), was officially inaugurated by the delegation led by Aziz AKhannouch, President. of the municipal council of Agadir. Located in the center of Agadir, the development of the Ibn Zaidoun Garden Park mobilized the equivalent of 25 MDH as part of the urban development program for the city of Agadir (2020-2024).

This project, spread over 12.5 hectares, included the improvement of the historical heritage of this park, especially in terms of vegetation and architecture, as well as its conservation, in addition to the creation of playgrounds, renovation of fountains and development of pedestrian paths. For sports areas, the park has allowed the construction of football and basketball courts, in addition to a skate park and petanque courts with the installation of street furniture.

The Sahara cinema was inaugurated on the sidelines from Talborjt Weekend
As part of the 5th part of the Urban Development Program (PDU) in the city of Agadir 2020-2024, dedicated to the promotion of cultural activities and the improvement of cultural heritage and places of worship, the rehabilitation of the Sahara cinema located in Tamri Square, in the Talborjt district, was also provided. They were launched in March 2021, with a technical rehabilitation of the cinema, accompanied by an architectural improvement of this building spread over 4,000 m2.

The rehabilitated Sahara cinema mobilizes around 12 million dirhams and has a capacity of around 250 seats. This space, which has been closed since 2012, was acquired by the city council following a petition initiated by local associations to protect this building, which is part of the High Commission’s architectural heritage for the reconstruction of Agadir. In fact, the cinema was designed by the architect Alain Le Goaster, who actively participated in the reconstruction of Agadir after the earthquake, especially the construction of the habitat for the new Talborjt and Tamri Square.

This place hosted the “Talborjt Weekend” from 27 to 29 May 2022 in continuation of the initiatives of the Agadir Memory Forum, also the initiator of the “TalGuit’Art” festival. In fact, this cultural project paid homage to several artistic disciplines over the weekend, including street theater, music, dance, juggling and circus, exhibition of books and photos…

Aziz Aboualmajd graciously abstains hello cinema
In addition, the Salam Cinema, located on Al Mouqaouama Avenue, which is one of the buildings that was spared by the earthquake, was donated by Aziz Aboualmajd, a businessman from the region, in favor of the urban municipality of Agadir. This announcement was made by Aziz Akhannouch during the inauguration of the Sahara cinema in the presence of Patron Aziz Aboualmajd.

As a reminder, the Salam cinema is one of the places that anchors Agadir’s collective memory. It is one of the rare architectural jewels that withstood the earthquake as a few buildings that can be counted on the fingertips. In addition, film lovers will once again have the opportunity to gain extraordinary access to its dark space in the Rialto cinema on the occasion of the opening of the “Cinema and migration” festival, the 18th edition of which takes place from 13 to 18 June. 2022. At present, this whole heritage has been protected by the sectoral development and protection plan for the city center and the tourism and coastal sector in the city of Agadir. This legacy is divided into two categories.

The first includes the buildings that escaped the earthquake in 1960. The second category includes all the buildings that have been built since the establishment of the High Commission for the Reconstruction of Agadir on June 29, 1960. This category also requires special conservation, as it contains references works from the period of reconstruction of the city after the earthquake. Many architects behind the reconstruction of Agadir contributed to this operation.

They come mostly from the modernist movement led by Elie Azagury, Michel Ecochard, Mourad Ben Embarek, Henri Tastemain, Jean-François Zevaco, Patrice de Mazières, Abdeslem Faraoui, Louis Rioux, Armand Amzallag and many others. It is in the city center that the majority of these buildings, built between 1963 and 1973, are concentrated.

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