The Marcory 2030 development project of Abidjan offers an emblematic urban regeneration solution of an African city of the future through the creation of two eco- friendly areas in the city center.
Abidjan is the main urban centre of Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa, located on a hill overlooking the Ebrié lagoon, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. A city of nearly 8 million inhabitants, the city
is witnessing strong demographic growth, expecting to account for 20% of the country’s urban population by 2020. The project area is therefore part of a territory facing economic, political and social challenges of an unprecedented yet characteristic scale for the African continent.
This urban planning and environmental impact study at the Anoumabo and Konan Raphaël sites follows the sanitation and waste management studies carried out by BURGEAP in these urban sectors within a FASEP grant. They are located in the heart of the commune of Marcory, itself enjoying a central location at the interface between the airport and the Plateau business district. The challenge of the Marcory 2030 development project is designing a sustainable city aiming to achieve an urban regeneration level characteristic of the city of the future.
Konan Raphaël is a low-cost, fragmented housing neighbourhood spanning 35 hectares. It is sparsely populated and difficult to access locally despite its central location in the city. The project proposes turning this neighbourhood into a showcase for Marcory by creating north- south links between Boulevard Valery Giscard d’Estaing (VGE), a major thoroughfare of the entire city of Abidjan, to the Grand Market and further north to Anoumabo. An urban “acupuncture” approach of small-interventions will be used to develop the internal structure of this area. The development of a network of vegetated plots of land will create random green spaces, like green lungs, ideal for community activities. The construction of innovative ecological towers, also accommodating offices and equipment, will serve as a start signal.
The second district, Anoumabo, is a village of the Ébrié population covering 120 hectares between the lagoon and a canal. Its urban fabric has been clearly defined by its historical division into plots dating back to the 1960s, but the richness of its natural landscapes has been poorly taken advantage of. The project proposes strengthening this inherited background by developing high-quality public spaces that can support multiple uses. A new walkway along the canal also provides a means to enable the inhabitants to enjoy the landscapes. The land issue and the increasing population density of the site are at the heart of the study, and solutions are actively sought.
- Customer:Mairie de Marcory en collaboration avec le District d'Abidjan
- Program:Étude urbaine
- Surface:155 hectares
- Status:En cours