Made up of 93 new houses, Le Medi, is named for its notion of the middle, or the mediator. Designed by Dutch practice Geurst & Schulze for a predominantly north African community living in an outer district of Rotterdam, the development is a unique example of how a housing scheme in northern Europe can take on board the cultural heritage of an immigrant community. Bushra speaks to co-founder of the practice Jeroen Geurst, and resident Catja Edens, to investigate if designing with broader references has created dwellings that are better places for the residents to live.

Bushra Mohamed is an architect based in London, working for David Kohn architects, teaching with him at the AA and running a research studio with Nana Biamah Ofosu called Studio Nyali.


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