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Marsa 2050



The Marsa Strategy for 2050 gives us a vision of a self-determining Marsa. The self-determining paradigm relates the timelessness of the necessities found in human settlement to the unique characteristics, identity and story of an area.

The strategy rests on a comprehensive understanding of the site’s characteristics and story. Three key objectives for the formation of the Strategy have been identified through this thought process, namely:

1. Encouraging the use of the sea

2. Preserving the industrial identity of the area

3. Blurring the boundaries between activities

The approach to Marsa’s site analysis has been supplemented with contrastingly provocative exercises from which seven principles have been extracted. These principles have been identified as instrumental considerations for the vision on which this strategy is based and are as follows:

1. Creating connections to improve mobility

2. Synergy between technological innovation and industry

3. Tapping into the potential of the sea

4. Envisioning the future whilst respecting Identity 

5. Managing resources effectively

6. Injecting culture to encourage social interaction

7. Flexible configuration through modularity and adaptability

By incorporating these seven principles with the objectives, a flexible strategy is created which is able to adapt and responds to progress and advancements in technology. An independent city is foreseen which would determine itself by its unique identity and stand out as a city advanced in each sector of the seven principles.

Nodes within Marsa are established and treated as nuclei which are well connectedto each other primarily by pedestrianised routes. Each node has a particular role in identifying the different facets of Marsa. Such roles include Marsa’s urban core, food and energy based district, industrial zones and the main transport hubs.

Links will be created by the pedestrianisation of areas in Marsa and by encouraging movement towards a more accessible waterfront. Key heritage buildings function as points of interest, which aim to attract the public.

By the year 2050 technological advancements are projected which will bring about innovation in the energy sector. The strategy of Marsa 2050 targets these advancements in order to keep the energy industry in the forefront of its progress and development. Marsa’sgeographic position in Malta is optimal and instrumental in the island’s network of mobility, also having a prime maritime role.

Different aspects of society life are brought together whereby the industrial identity is celebrated and not hidden away. They are brought together using an efficient management system incorporating different aspects as previously mentioned in order to improve the quality of life. 


Our vision is to exploit and enhance the areas existing strengths and opportunities to become a distinctive area, which seeks to promote business, strengthen the community, and rethink education. In doing so, we will celebrate and protect its landscape, heritage, and social assets, to effectively create holistic interaction.

This leads to the development of symbiosis between all integrants, with the objective of creating a strong link to the sea through the creation of a pedestrian belt along the waterfront to tie all activities, sectors and the Grand Harbour regions together.



Marsa as a centre for humanity, a reaction to technology. Historically, Marsa has been at the forefront of technology and humanities connection with the Grand Harbour. But Marsin have paid for this with the loss of rich fertile land, sickness and social exclusion. They are abandoned and angry, but they are ready to take a stand, create an environment which they want to live in. The Marsi Juann Mamo proposed a break with society in his social critique ‘Ulied in-Nanna Venut’, in a similar fashion to Cervantes in Don Quixote (which Mamo was known as), three themes are identified: communal space, mobility and education. 


Last Updated: 17 December 2015

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