CLIENT CDG Development
STATUS In Progress
Zenata, Africa’s first Eco-City. C Concept Design unveiled their master plan for Zenata Eco-city, with an Eco-campus, and Health Centre, all connected by massive green corridors and linked together through inter-modal transportation. With this, the Zenata Eco-City is well on its way to offering a diverse range of high value-added services for the eight million people (representing 20% of the overall population and 35% of the economic activity) within a 1-hour radius between Casablanca and Rabat.
This master plan was created in a humanistic approach and in-line with the following three fundamental sustainable development pillars: environmental, social, and economic. This is an exciting development project, because you start with a clean slate: you can really think about how the components of a smart city can and should work together from an anthropological and urban planner perspective. Thirty percent of Zenata Eco-City’s total footprint are designated ecological corridors- surpassing the ratio of green space per inhabitant recommended by the WHO (10m/inhabitant). The green spaces include water collection ponds and support local flora and fauna. Moreover, natural cooling is achieved by harnessing winds from the Atlantic, helping to keep the carbon footprint low.
The goal is to create an Eco-city that’s intelligent in how it addresses all the key areas: Mobility, healthcare access, social equity, use of public spaces, security, infrastructure, and waste management. This vision was recognized formally in 2015 when Zenata was awarded the Eco-City label by the French HQE Certification agency, Cerway. Zenata is an initiative of King Mohammed VI and is being implemented by CDG; the project has received support from the UN as well as several prominent, international organizations and companies including IKEA, Saudi German Hospital (SGH), and the French Development Agency (AFD).
The Eco-campus will include a state-of-the-art Engineering and Business schools, student residences, laboratories, and sports facilities, plus a central student commons in a landmark building with library, administration, meeting, and food & beverage spaces. To deliver high quality education in the fields of technical, business and medical studies. This will all link seamlessly to the Health Care Center’s Medical School, with public transport links and the teaching of life science. It is unique to Africa and a model for pan-African collaboration in a university setting.
Our approach built on references from the world’s leading university campuses, localizing and optimizing them for Zenata’s unique profile, such as the population mix and regional weather patterns that affect both land/building use and mobility, says Matthew VanderBorgh, Director of C Concept Design. For example, we integrated walking and cycling paths throughout the spine of the campus, what we call the concept ‘pearl necklace’, and positioned the Commons as the gemstone in the center- a place for meeting and interacting on a human scale, following the Moroccan Medinas’ traditional principles of organization.
Zenata will soon have an Eco-campus, the latest phase of an ambitious plan to revolutionize the way that living, learning, working, and commuting are experienced in Morocco. Phase I construction for the Eco-Campus has begun with the goal of the first classes to enroll in 2023.
The Health Care Centre is part of the larger Zenata Master Plan, the integrated healthcare centre has a certified JCI held by Saudi German Hospital, a MENA major health factor. The Health care centre will open in 2022, the centre will medical tower, a training centre, and the Zenata Health Centre 2020, a clinic that specialized in applying mass production techniques to health care. The programming also includes a hotel and apartments on the other side of a green space, all the facilities are position around the green to create the most a tranquil and relaxing environment possible.