Reshaping Space and Time in Morocco: The Agencification of Urban Government and its Effects in the Bouregreg Valley (Rabat/ Salé)

Since the turn of the new century, urban mega-projects became a new growth strategy in Morocco. Yet, in contrast to their utopian promises, urban mega-projects do not solve the contemporary urban crisis in the region, but reproduce it in different ways. A paradigmatic case is the Bouregreg project i...

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Published in:Middle East - Topics & Arguments (Band 12)
Main Authors: Bogaert, Koenraad, Amarouche, Maryame
Format: Journal Articles
Language:English
Published: 2019
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Summary:Since the turn of the new century, urban mega-projects became a new growth strategy in Morocco. Yet, in contrast to their utopian promises, urban mega-projects do not solve the contemporary urban crisis in the region, but reproduce it in different ways. A paradigmatic case is the Bouregreg project in the valley between Rabat and Salé. This article considers the ways in which this megaproject represents a means to extract profits and privatize public wealth, but also how it represents an urban laboratory for the development of new modalities of government, control, and domination. Finally it assesses the social impact of the project on small-scale farmers and private landowners.
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/meta.2019.12.7934