Rabat Mixed Use City Plan

Rabat Mixed Use City Plan

The Governor of Rabat in partnership with the national government retained RMW experts to plan the expansion of Rabat to draw new residents toward unused land set aside for residential use.  The objectives of this work were to optimize resource use, and provide new civic and commercial  facilities to an expanding population.

This plan links the capital city with its twinned medina by establishing a modern mixed use district on unused land along the river valley and links the urban settlements together with an open space system, new roads and much needed residential development in several neighborhoods.  The heart of the plan (shown in red) is a new mixed-use city center core that complements the historic central part of the old city.  This center creates space for a new communications and media industry, expansion of the capital city’s banking sector, government expansion, and retail/commercial services in close proximity to walkable neighborhoods.

Rabat now stands as a model city in North Africa for its use of scarce urban land, preservation of historic neighborhoods, and access to city services for in-migrants.