Michel Écochard’s plan for Agadir, one of a series of urban
planning projects in Morocco, was to insert a new town centre on a horseshoe
layout, building on the waterfront around a large avenue perpendicular to it.
He and his team were aware of the Agadir’s special geographic situation, wedged
between the mountains and the sea and with limited land for its anticipated
development and discouraged speculation in favour of a more centrally
controlled expansion. Unfortunately the town suffered catastrophic damage from
an earthquake in 1960.