Research and Education Fellow
After his graduation in Architecture (in 1998), with a thesis on Teaching of Urban Planning in the European Schools of Architecture, he began his research and teaching activities at the Genoa School of Architecture taking courses on Town Planning and Town Planning History. In 2005, he got his PhD at the Genoa School of Engineering, with a thesis on the Governance of ports planning and waterfronts regeneration projects.
As a Research Fellowship at the Schools of Architecture in Genoa and Florence, he held courses on Urban Planning, Urban Management, Infrastructures and Urban Development. At Florence School of Architecture, he also taught in the Master on the “Waterfront regeneration projects in Mediterranean cities”. Its areas of research covered the topics of urban analysis and sustainable urban regeneration projects, with specific focus on the quality of public space. In the framework of national and international research projects, funded by private companies as well as by the European Union, his mains topics were in the fields of urban mobility, cities-infrastructures design & management, infrastructure environmental impact. As a professional, he’s MRICS senior expert, with a strong experience in real estate finance and urban regeneration projects financial arrangement, he has also gained great experience in hospital and healthcare infrastructure design.
Since august 2018, he’s Research and Education Fellow at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University – School of Architecture Planning and Design. He carries out teaching activities in the Master on “Resilient, Sustainable and Smart Buildings & Cities – RSSBC” as well as for the bachelor’s in architecture.
The growing Moroccan cruise industry represents a strategic player for commercial port development, as well as a key acceleration factor for the creation of wealth and job opportunities in tourist port cities. Underlying this growth, however, are global and local issues pertaining to wider sustainability and resilient outcomes. On one hand, there is the need upgrade cruise and ferry port infrastructures through waterfront regeneration projects to improve urban quality; on the other hand, there is the need enhance tourism logistics, related to passengers and commercial services, through innovative management solutions, to avoid negative impacts on urban livability and environment. Also, there is the fact that global logistics and cruise players, to adhering to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations aiming to reduce atmosphere gas emissions (SOx and NOx), are starting an energy shift, towards the use of more green resources.
Therefore, the theme of sustainability becomes a key element to build an integrated development project for port cities, involving sustainable urban planning, green energy transition for vessel, environmental and economic sustainability for public transport, as well as the economic and social sustainability of tourism business.
Morocco’s recent developments in the energy sector, such as the projects to exploit natural gas fields (Larache along the Atlantic coast in the North and Inezgane Offshore site in the South sea area), and the continental leadership of the Noor solar power plant in Ouarzazate, promise for developing an integrated green energy sector, to support the cruise and shipping sectors. In this context, Morocco could benefit from all those advantage factors, to become an international case study of integrated sustainable development model, combining its tourist vocation, the availability of green energy resources, with the technological and energy transformations that are planned on a global level within the shipping sector.
This paper aims to stimulate a debate on next generation of urban and port growth projects, that would be able to support an integrated and sustainable development of Moroccan tourist cities, based on a holistic approach, for reducing the environmental impacts deriving from cruise ships, local public transport, as well as from tourism and commercial logistics, thanks to the use of new green energy resources, such as LNG and Hydrogen.