Birth : 02/08/1989, Algiers.
French and Algerian citizenships.
CONTACT : merichabani(at)aol.com
Meriem is an architect and urban planner, associate at TXKL architecture, co-founder and president of the New South association. After being a project manager on french urban renewal operations at Lambert Lénack architectes urbanistes, she sets up her own practice. Her work deals with context sensitive approaches to developing countries, using design and the construction process as tools for the creation and stimulation of economies. She investigates the role of architecture in a globalized practice, building bridges between her professional practice in France, Algeria and Myanmar, and the New South research platform.
Within New South, she engages with the metropolises of the Global South, investigating the intricacies of designing, building and representing post and neo-colonial contexts. The association is involved in numerous actions, including a series of workshops in African cities (Addis Abeba, Algiers, Cape Town, Cotonou and Bamako), an exhibition at the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Rabat, and a symposium at the COP22 in Marrakech.
Meriem’s project “Remade in Bangladesh”, a network of small scale textile factories in the city of Chittagong, received a LafargeHolcim Award Next Generation in 2014.
Holcim Award Next Generation for the project “Remade in Bangladesh” (2014)
First prize Laureate of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation’s International Architecture Competition, in the “Innovation and Architecture for the Sea” category. (2013)
Grands Pari(s): Language and Identities, a research paper on Paris’ urban planning future was published by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (2011)