“Casablanca is a city where the only tradition is modernity,” says architect Abderrahim Kassou, who heads an association to protect the city’s French colonial buildings from decay. These examples of Art Deco, neo-classical, neo-Mauresque and late art nouveau style have been at risk since Morocco’s independence in 1956, partly because locals felt they were colonial and un-Islamic. But Kassou’s association, Casamemoire, is starting to impress upon people the priceless value, and Moroccan-ness, of the city’s architectural patrimony.

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