The new boardwalk in Rabat is one of the few stops on our journey where the contradictory tendencies for public space use were on blatant display. The new houses on the Salé riverbank and the newly opened marina are under the strict surveillance of hired security guards; our camera is met with scepticism by hysterical guards and we are prohibited from filming. On the opposite riverbank in Rabat, the first design cafés have already opened their doors. Prohibition signs regulate public behaviour. But the hoards of young people pay no mind to the „no bathing“ sign, and the people in row boats don‘t seem disturbed by the motorised water scooters in their midst.