RESEARCH . EDUCATION
The interaction between local neighbourhoods and educational activity is frequently neutral or even negative. This project takes the model of ‘the school of Athens’ in treating education as an opportunity for communication and public space within the city. The participants in educational activities within or surrounding the school are all the inhabitants rather than only students and teachers. Schools will interact with the neighbourhood where they are located, responding to the urban context of their location.
The project seeks to develop neighbourhoods by enhancing the public role of education facilities within them, in three stages. Firstly, by identifying ‘connection centres’, closer links are created within different groups and city infrastructures. Secondly, by the creation of ‘transformation catalysts’, the project seeks to enhance less developed areas through educational activities. Thirdly, by formulating ‘growth engines’, the project creates strategies to encourage neighbourhood social and economic development in rapidly evolving sections of the city.
As Morocco’s second most important industry centre, Tangier has undergone rapid Industrialization recently and will see vast development in the near future. While the growth of science based enterprise and education in Tangier is very slow. The huge gap in-between leads to many social issues and hinders the long-term development.
The project proposes the introduction of science-based, employment-centred urban development strategy in eastern Tangier, fostering new type of business among highly educated people, creating new modes of enterprises to balance the current ‘dependent’ economy (on foreign trade and service).
The site is located along the ‘backstreet’ area bordering existing railway and waterway, linking the industrial area in the south to the city centre in the north. By creating a series of departments, chronographically, the project wants to build a large platform, strengthening the cooperation between enterprise and Institution, functioning as an important spine for the sustainable development of the city.