“Rehabilitation of the Hôtel Yasmina. A Memory of Hammamet” - Hammamet, Tunisia - 03 - 24 August 2014

The Hôtel Yasmina, is a property situated right in the centre of Hammamet, Tunisia’s temple of beach tourism. With its distinctive architectural style, the Hôtel Yasmina covers an area of 22,500 m², including buildings and surrounding gardens. It really stands out for its architectural style and was designed with aesthetics in mind rather than more commercial incentives. Everything about the Yasmina property inspires a feeling of intimacy and conviviality. It is part of Hammamet’s immoveable cultural heritage and presents a clear public interest from an aesthetic, historic and cultural standpoint.
Although it is now an integral part of the living environment and cityscape, the Hôtel Yasmina has nevertheless lain abandoned for more than 15 years. To set foot in it now reveals the shocking sate of degradation and with no regular maintenance, the gardens, deprived of soul and appeal, are under threat in the short term.
The A.E.R.E environmental education association is well aware of the site’s value and the assets that it contains. It considers it to be the last bastion of greenery in the city centre. As such, it began working with the Municipality of Hammamet on a process of reflection about the property’s future. As part of the ILE Project and with the support of the French Embassy’s Cooperation and Cultural Action Department, A.E.R.E and its partners wanted to engage civil society and especially young people, the local authority and decision-makers to work together to start the development process and enhance this site.

The work undertaken
The campus participants’ task was to think about a concept combining conservation and enhancement and propose options to develop and promote the Hôtel Yasmina. These options had to take account of the site’s vocation as well as the expectations of the Hammamet’s authorities and citizens.
After three weeks of analysis and creative work, the Campus produced two development scenarios for the Yasmina property and the Maison des Associations from both an architectural and landscape standpoint. The preferred development options meet a three-fold objective. One, to preserve the city’s last green lung; two, to create a family-orientated and intergenerational park and, three, to encourage artistic and cultural discovery.

See the final report and presentation leaflet

The Campus was organised by the AERE Environmental Education Association of Hammamet and the Association for Participation and Regional Action in partnership with the Municipality of Hammamet and the Institut Français of Tunisia

Read about the Campus in the press
Le Temps 

The Campus participants
The multidisciplinary team consisted of 13 young professionals and students, including architects, landscape artists, a sociologist, a city planner, a political scientist and a professional working in the field of culture. 

Auffret Tatiana, France 
Ayadi Sourour, Tunisia 
Frayssinhes Emilie, France 
Frostin Emma, France 
Kaidar Ibtissem, Algeria 
Levasseur Julien, France 
Mankai Kadhem, Tunisia 
Martin Dora, France 
Mazur Lorraine, France 
Mrad Hazem, Tunisia 
Sahli Med Yassine, Tunisia 
Souissi Mohamed, Tunisia 
Thiounn Alice, France 
Turki Hamdi, Tunisia 
Urbaniak Dragan, France