Continuity and Change in French International Urbanism

  • Ambe J. Njoh


The diffusion of French urbanism to foreign lands is often discussed as an ancillary of French colonialism. However, it is erroneous to consider colonialism the only conduit through which French urbanism has been exported abroad. This chapter underscores this point and shows how urbanism rose to become a leading French export commodity since the early-twentieth century. It focuses especially on how and why French ideas on physical and spatial organization rose to prominence. This, it is argued, was an upshot of the fact that French architects and urban planners had won many internationally coveted design competitions at the beginning of the twentieth century.


Boomerang effect Cultural diversification Contemporary North America Exportation of French urbanism French colonial urban social control measures French planning agencies French urbanism Social control of urban France 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ambe J. Njoh
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  1. 1.School of GeosciencesUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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