In his article in the latest issue of Context, No 162, devoted to the heritage of New Towns, Frédéric Theulé explores France’s New Town developments, and issues a special plea that educational support is needed to understand new French towns.
image: Context 162, p18 – St Quentin en Yvelines, Frédéric Theulé (Translated by Callum Walker)
As your CPD boost: Why not do a list of the top ten priorities for heritage education and see where New Towns sit on that. Remember too that Designing Buildings Wiki and Google Street Map are accessible tools if the New town is too far away?
Frédéric Theulé (Translated by Callum Walker) writes:
French new towns were established under the 1965 Schéma directeur d’aménagement et d’urbanisme de la région parisienne (Development and Town Planning Master Plan for the Paris Region, SDAURP), and reached their maturity at the turn of the 1990s and 2000s. What can be done about their heritage?
That issue has been raised in relation to all five new towns in the Ile-de-France region (Cergy-Pontoise, Evry, Marne-la-Vall.e, Melun-S.nart and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines) for the past 15 or so years at least…
Between 1999 and 2005, teachers, researchers, experts, witnesses and stakeholders with an interest in the history of new towns in France contributed to the Programme d’histoire et d’évaluation des villes nouvelles (New Towns History and Assessment Programme, PHEVN). Driven by the state, this vast programme of study prompted the community of historians, led by Lo.c Vadelorge, to study ‘new urban centres’, the term used to describe new towns under the SDAURP master plan…
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