All three topics deal with the processes taking place on Casablanca‘s very dynamic edge. Here, outside the Zoning plan the city fabric is expanded at a remarkable speed. This process of expansion is shaped mainly by three forces: the constant flow of migrants arriving from the countryside, the strive of local, national and international investors to capitalize on the city‘s growth and the governments desperate attempts to control and regulate this.
Although this three forces represent completely different urban models and are of a vigorous self-centered nature, they manage to coexist in a remarkably „smooth manner“ creating a multitude of relationships and dependences. In between formality and informality the city has developed its own logic that allows a fragile balance.
Each student group works on a different site or area where the presence of one of these forces is very evident. They try to describe the mechanics behind the it, its nature and the specific urban forms it creates. They also investigate its relationship to the other two phenomenon thus contributing to a bigger and quite in-depth picture of the city‘s specific way of dealing with its growth and transformation.
The three topics are: