Michele Tenzon, doctoral fellow at the Université libre de Bruxelles and MODSCAPES member will present the first results of his exploration of Michel Écochard’s archives.

The numerous and unpublished documents, maps, blueprints and sketches,  held in Brussels, concern the series of rural resettlement schemes the French architect and urban planner promoted, as chief of the Moroccan Service de l’Urbanisme, during the French Protectorate.

Those schemes entailed the construction or rearrangements of more than 80 rural villages and involved the re-organization of a rural area of almost 19.000 km2 with a population of about 700.000 people.

The talk will be given on 12 December 2016, as part of the doctoral seminar organised by the École Doctorale Thématique Architecture, Urbanisme, Ingenierie Architecturale et Urbaine in Brussels.