Questions about the role of town planning in managing the Covid-19 pandemic


The problem of informal urban fabrics has been the subject of much discussion for a long time, but today more than yesterday, in view of the current health crisis, these human establishments deserve that we reconsider them with all the necessary acuity, estimates Iman Meriem Ben Kirane, director of the School of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning at Euromed University in Fez. For this architect, doctor in urban planning, professor-researcher in landscape and regional planning, Moroccan urban reality reflects the image of complex cities, still marked by inequalities.

The abundance of life suddenly gave way to the rustling of leaves. Withdrawal, tacit or declared, seems to become the key word. Some are already verbalizing it openly; and many countries are whispering it: the economic explosion is here. Like other countries, our cities are silent and digital resonates. Covid-19 has depopulated the streets and repopulated homes. Cities, villages, douars and other towns; none of these human settlements are exceptions. Or almost. At the call of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the entire Nation, in all its components, mobilized unanimously, in solidarity, effectively and instantly; thus making Morocco a leading figure.

A country whose mobilization of its human capital, under the leadership of His Majesty, today defies all expectations. Beyond the proactive measures observed by our country, others were able to see the light of day in a time frame that would make the most reactive and wealthy powers green with envy. Deadlines are postponed, obligations suspended,