Mazagan Green CityMaster Plan
The demographic evolution of our human race is the relentless force underlying need to provide human accommodation. Each discreet building is but an element of the larger tapestry of urban form. When understood in this background, the role of the individual architecture reaches a wider purpose than a solo art form, or simple enclosure.
The City becomes the ultimate expression of the culture of man: a place for living, a place for evolution and growth, and a place to accommodate and understand one another and our humanity. As such, each time we are faced with the act of construction, re-construction or actions that affect our environment, it is an exercise that needs to be measured against the highest potential of human culture. This positions architecture to a wider purpose than solipsistic exercises for the elite. While our cultural monuments rise to the role of touching the human soul, the humblest of accommodation is set within a landscape, or a set of forms, circulation, and purpose that deserves equal attention.
The very fact that human population on the planet has doubled in the span of one lifetime, the fabric of the city and urban form must be in constant evolution to accommodate the mandated growth. Urban sprawl is nothing less than architectural cancer leading to a certain death. Balance of nature and the built environment of man is the root of sustainability. The inevitability of density and its extended requirements of circulation, nature and human enrichment is the DNA of our urban future. Each City must ultimately face this imperative. Our political leadership has only the purpose to guide the population to accommodation and acceptance of inevitable growth and inevitable diversification while maintaining the existing systems and providing for their own extension and upkeep.
As Architects, the participation in the design for the urban fabric is frequently piecemeal and often one project or building at a time. While ideally we would want the focus of our future work to be in the reconstruction of existing parts of our cities, when faced with the opportunity to engage in new town design, most often in emerging nations, it should be our responsibility to transform this kind of development in terms of our understanding of balance and environment that aligns with lessons of the past and is oriented towards the future.
Recent work on Greenfield sites in Morocco provided for just this type of project.