The UAC Project
The Casablanca project concerns itself with the question of Urban Agriculture as an integrated factor in climateoptimised urban development and the search for an open-space system that is adapted to the challenges confronting today’s cities.
In the current developmental processes of emerging megacities, the foundations are being laid as to whether open spaces can be preserved within cities or urban regions, and therefore contribute in the long term to the attractiveness of cities and the quality of life in them.Emerging megacities develop very dynamically, are often poly-centric, demonstrate immense spatial spread,and do no longer form coherent spatial structures. New rural-urban overlap is emerging. For this reason it is not only two distinct spheres that dovetail in a new manner,but also the city and the landscape. Sustainable and qualified urban development requires the formulation of conceptual responses to orient, structure and guide the transformation process for today’s peri-urban spaces thus offering a new understanding for this interaction between urban and landscape development.
The basic approach of the UAC- project is that a viable response to the changed spatial patterns and spatial sprawl in urban growth centers could be the concept of an urban-regional open-space structure based on Urban Agriculture matched by a conscious integration, in terms of urban development planning, of urban-rural linkages in a poly-central city. Therefore the scope of the project is an investigation based on the example of the urban region of Casablanca (”Grand Casablanca”) into how agriculture can be integrated into the urban structure and the urban development process, and how it should be configured in order to make a contribution to sustainable and climate-optimised urban development in the sense of a multifunctional infrastructure.