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Project title:
TRADITION AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE RESTORATION AND REUSE. THE DAR DGI'RA IN RABAT, MOROCCO.

Ms&nbspDelia Casadei
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Ms Delia Casadei

AUTHOR INFORMATION
Full Name:
Delia Casadei
City:
Fiesco  Country: Italy
Email:  casadeli@libero.it

Field of study: Conservation and Restoration 
Degree type : 
2nd Cycle(4-6 years)
Year of graduation: 
2010


UNIVERSITY INFORMATION

Name:
University of Parma, Faculty of Architecture
Country: Italy Town: Parma

CURRICULUM
CV DELIA CASADEI
(Architect,B.Sc, M.Sc, DipArch, MArch, ARB)

e-mail: casadeli@libero.it

WORK EXPERIENCE:
05/2014 - present: Architectural Assistant Part II at Johnston Cave Associates, Oxford (UK)
Landscape and design proposal of listed houses, 3D models. (Rhinoceros, Sketch-Up, AutoCAD)

02/2014 - 02/2014: Freelance Consultant - Private client
Consulting Study for the Crookes Barn, Burford(UK)
Renovation project for a listed barn (Grade II) in Westhall Hill, Burford Oxfordshire (UK).
Site visits, indoor plan redistribution of the West Farm, CAD drawings

09/2009 - 12/2009: Architectural Assistant Part I at Soluzioni s.r.l., Milan, Italy
Conservation project of a listed hospital (Grade I) of the Italian Heritage as social-housing
Site visits, site surveying, preparation of tender drawings and permit application, historical research of building site and urban area, photographic documentation, communication with the Land Register(Photoshop, AutoCAD, Office)

09/2006 - 10/2006: Visitor Assistant at the Annual Festival of Architecture, Parma, Italy (http://www.festivalarchitettura.it)
II Edition: “Richness and poverty”
Communicating with public: explaining the exibitions. Dealing with enquiries and pratical tasks. Teamwork skills: Taking part of the exibition mounting. Cope under pressure mantaining high level of service in busy situations

03/2009 - 08/2009: Research Intern for a cross-cultural project between University of Architecture and Ecole Nationale d’Architecture of Rabat, Morocco
Restoration project of Pasha House: Dar Dgi’ra
Site surveying, photographic documentation
Personal reuse design project as an hammam (SPA).
Tender drawings, AutoCAD, historical research, functional, static and materials analysis, conservation project.
Final Thesis: “Tradition and technology in the restoration and reuse. The Dar Dgi’ra, Rabat, Morocco.”

09/2005 - 07/2006: Architectural Intern at University of Architecture, Parma, Italy
Sites visit: bridges, residential and industrial buildings. Teamwork for residential design from scale 1:25000 to detail levels (1:20). Conceptual diagrams, masterplan, hand and technical drawings of 3 housing types: 45 mq, 60mq and 90mq in accordance to the Italian Building Regulation, optimize indoor and outdoor spaces.(AutoCAD, Sketch Up).

EDUCATION:
07/2014 – present: Enrolment in the English ARB – Architect - Registration number: 082639A

04/2014[40 hours]: Autodesk Authorized Training Centre, Forma Mentis S.a.s., Milan-Italy
Revit Architecture 2014 course.
Certificate n°1608WJPW11

09/2012 - 09/2013: Oxford Brookes University, Master in Advanced Architecture Design (March)- UK
Final grade: 70%

01/2012 - 08/2012: Oxford Brookes University, Pre-Master Diploma - UK
Grade 73% - Distinction

11/2010 - 01/2011: Examination in Professional Practice
Chartered member of the Italian ARB, Division A – Sector Architecture n°820 in Cremona, Italy

2007 - 2010: University of Architecture, Parma, Italy, M.Sc, Graduation in Architecture
(Class N° 4/S Architecture and Building Engineering)
Final Grade: 110/110 cum Laude

2003 - 2006: University of Architecture, Parma
B.Sc in Science of Architecture, Grade: 104/110
Awarded as “Best Student” of the Year 2003-2004

1998 - 2003: Liceo Artistico “Bruno Munari”, Crema (CR), Italy
Artistic High Diploma, Grade: 96/100
2003-2004: Competition “Entrepreneurship”– Third absolute place at Artisans Free Association in Crema (CR) with the collaboration of the Polytechnic of Milan

GRANTS AND AWARDS:
5/2013: Collective exhibition at Oxford Brookes University (UK)
Personal theatrical project: “The rite”

2004: Best student award
University of Parma, Faculty of Architecture
Grant and Diploma of Best Student of the Year 2003-2004

04/2003: Third absolute place
Artisans Free Association in Crema (CR), Italy in collaboration with Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
Competition “Entrepreneurship”- Planning and realization of a personal entrepreneurial project.

05/1999: Diploma with merit
European String Teachers Association
IV National Competition for young violinist performers in Fiesole (FI), Italy

04/1999: First prize: 98/100
Istituto Comprensivo "Ugo Foscolo", Laboratorio Musicale
V National Competition "Enrico Arisi" for young violinist performers in Cremona, Italy

05/1998: Diploma with honor
European String Teachers Association
III National Competition for young violinist performers in Fiesole (FI), Italy

04/1998: Solo Exhibition at Sala Aldo Moro, Castelleone (CR), Italy
oil pastel and gouache drawings

1993 - 1999: II violin at Divertimento Academy Orchestra, Crema (CR) – Italy

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP:
02/ 2011 - present: Italian ARB
Architect - Registration number: 820
Division A – Sector Architecture

06/2013 – present: INARCH
Architect - Member of the Italian National Institute of Architecture (INARCH)

07/2014 - present: English ARB
Architect - Registration number: 082639A

IT Skills
■■■■■ AutoCAD
■■■■■ Photoshop
■■■■■ In Design
■■□□□ Illustrator
■■■■□ Premiere
■■■■■ Allplan (BIM)
■■■■□ Cinema 4D
■■■■□ GemaVap
■■■□□ Revit
■■■■□ Rhinoceros with VRay
■■■■□ Sketch Up
■■□□□ 3DS Max
■■■■□ Microsoft Office

LANGUAGES:
Italian: Mother tongue
English: Advanced (Pre-Master Diploma with Distinction)
Spanish: Basic conversational
French: Elementary level

REFERENCES
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Criterias to contestualize the project
Scale* : from 1:10000 to 1:10
Typology
* : This research focuses on how socio-cultural characteristics can influence the domestic space of the Moroccan Dar.
Interdisciplinary character (other interested fields):
Architecture:  
Environment & Territory:
Design:
Other: Architectural and social research

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Project (block 1) - Objectives of the Project*

The objective of the present dissertation is to examine how the Moroccan urban type of dwelling: "The Dar" has been influenced by religion, ethos and secular traditions in order to carry out a conservation project closely related to the character of the place.
The first part of the research will explain Dar's characteristics taking into consideration vernacular examples of houses while the main research will focus on the analysis of the case study "The Dar Dgi'ra" and its conservation and regeneration project.



Project (block 2) : Progress, Methodologies and tools used for the Project*

The method of study used in this project is based on primary and secondary research.

Firstly, the literature review section has been carried out using books, Journal articles from academic database such as Academic Source Complete.

Secondly, the main research is based on site surveys, observations and photographic documentation.



Historical, geological, static and pathological analysis has been carried out in order to conserve the building without wiping out any signs of the time. In addition, the reuse and renovation proposal as a public hammam emerged from the idea to recreate a place deeply tied to the Arabic culture. The public hammam is based on the concept of a purification walk through 3 pools before praying: Calidarium, Tepidarium and Frigidarium. The dome (traditional architectural Islamic element) has been chosen both for its cultural value and for its bio-climatic characteristics.



Project (block 3) - Results *

This work has shown that religion, ethos and culture have strongly influenced the layout of this élite type of dwelling pointing out how family functions behind the door of the Moroccan home. Routine duties and religious experiences have shaped the home to meet everyday demands of domestic life. In detail, the courtyard ensuring privacy, safety, easy accessibility to all spaces, wellbeing, social interaction, light and ventilation is considered the heart of the house. The women's role is distinctively evident both by the location of their rooms and by the ingenious fret worked panels placed on the windows(Mushrabia).



As regards the case study Dar D'gira, the static and pathological analysis showed that the structure was falling owing to a considerable amount of water under the ground. Consequently the conservation project of the materials and consolidation of the structure has been carried out. Specifically, the connection between the beam placed inside the wall and the common joists of the wooden-beam floor has been consolidated. The fragile consistency of the wall (pisé technique) did not allow the tension rod's laying.

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