Keur Farah Pahlavi

Senegal, Africa, 1978

Designed as a new city and industrial harbor for a population of 100,000, the site was chosen for its proximity to phosphate mines 100 miles north of Dakar. Located in an oasis rich in vegetation and palms, the city's linear plan culminates in the harbor. Commerce and recreational facilities constitute the city's central spine, with residential neighborhoods on either side. A system of natural lakes and trees winds through the central district, and a network of pedestrian paths, markets, and squares allows residents to move through the city independently of the road system. The coast is permanently preserved as open space for recreation. The proposed housing accommodates the traditional Senegalese pattern of living, while significantly increasing in density to preserve land; a typical housing cluster forms an extended family compound, enclosing communal shaded courtyards designed to provide generous outdoor spaces. A joint Senegal-Iran undertaking, the project's development hinged on a barter: phosphates for an oil refinery, and ceased when the Khomeini regime discontinued its support.

Project Type: Urban Design/Planning

Client: Government of Senegal/Her Majesty of Iran