Lessons from the British and French New Towns: Paradise Lost?

David Fée
Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle, France

Bob Colenutt
Oxford Brookes University, UK

Sabine Coady Schäbitz
Coventry University, UK

Product Details
18 Nov 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
248 pages - 152 x 229mm

Lessons from the British and French New Towns: Paradise Lost? explores the evolution of the New Towns in both France and the UK from several perspectives including public policy, sociology, geography and heritage.

UK and French New Towns have many similarities in terms of the role of the national state in tackling urgent problems of housing and urban growth and in promoting innovative design and architecture.  These innovative planned settlements have left a contested and complex legacy, but are once again on the political and urbanisation agenda in Europe, where a push for growth of housing and the desire for sustainability are the new drivers of urban planning and design. After years of the private development market being seen as the principal instrument of urban growth and planning, it is time to assess the urban legacy and the heritage of the UK and French New Towns. This book contrasts their evolution on both sides of the Channel and shows what can be learned about post war state planning and the future planning of new settlements.

Part 1- The New Towns and Policy Makers 
Chapter 1. Reinventing the Healthy Garden City: Ebbsfleet’s learning from the New Towns; Elanor Warwick
Chapter 2. Loss and Longing: Whatever happened to the Egalitarian Ethos of the UK New Towns; Bob Colenutt
Chapter 3. Unpacking the Official View: Four Myths on British New Towns; Helena Rivera 
Chapter 4. Beyond your Wildest Dreams? Building New Towns in France Today; David Fée 
Part 2- The New Towns and their Residents 
Chapter 5. Ways of knowing the Landscape of the New Towns: A Lefebvrian Analysis; Susan Fitzpatrick 
Chapter 6. The Suburbanity Urbanity of New Towns: Everyday Life in Milton Keynes and Cergy Pontoise; Ivan Nio 
Chapter 7. Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines: Lessons learned from the Years 1965-2019; Danièle Gardrat and Frédéric Theulé 
Part 3- The New Towns in their Wider Regional and International Context 
Chapter 8. The London New Towns in their Changing Regional Context; Tony Champion 
Chapter 9. Planning the World’s New Towns- A Tale of Two Countries, 1975-2013; Clément Orillard and Stephen Ward 
Chapter 10. Learning from the Contrasting Histories and Trajectories of Harlow and Thamesmead; Julia Deltoro-Soto, Stephen Marshall
Part 4- The New Towns and Heritage  
Chapter 11. Public Art in British New Towns: The Past, Present and Future; Alina Congreve 
Chapter 12. Public Art in French New Towns: From Experiments to Heritage; Loic Vadelorge 
Chapter 13. A Tangible Utopia: Genesis of and Experiments in the French New Towns; Catherine Blain 
Chapter 14. A controversial Heritage: New Towns and the problematic legacy of Modernism; Sabine Coady Schäbitz
David Fée is a Professor of British Studies at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle and head of CREC, the Sorbonne Nouvelle research centre on contemporary Britain. He specialises in the study of housing policies in the UK.

Bob Colenutt is an Associate Lecturer at the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. He is a researcher on commercial property development and the impact this has on communities.

Sabine Coady Schäbitz is Associate Professor for Architecture at Coventry University. Her research and professional engagement focuses on cultural heritage and architectural and urban history.

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