Urbanism: Imported or Exported?

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This book redresses the under-representation inexisting English-language literature, of the global formationand development of global cities which have been informed by thediffusion of Western ideas and building principles beyond theWestern world

The modes of diffusion of ideas that shape planned environments,and the ways these ideas are realized, have been gaining prominenceas subjects of study and discussion among planning historians andothers. Recently, some researchers have begun to approach therelations between actors and stakeholders in the processes ofplanning diffusion in increasingly complex and ambiguous ways.

The natives in developing countries, whether colonial orpost-colonial, are now being recognized as full-fledgedparticipants in the shaping of the built environment, with avariety of roles to play and means to play them, even if theyfrequently face many constraints to their actions. The specifictraits of the indigenous are even in question: ultimately, who arethe ‘locals’?

The research presented here recognises the importance of bothprovider and recipient as essential and influential entities withinthis diffusion process.

This book raises important conceptual questions as to theidentities and roles of the actors involved and looks at themethodological implications for historians and the new challengesthat arise from this questioning of a long-standing traditionalview.

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The modes of diffusion of ideas that shape planned environments,and the ways these ideas are realised, have been gaining prominenceas subjects of study and discussion among planning historians andothers. However, most studies have focused on the diffusion thathas occurred within the sphere of the so-called First World, wherethe participants have been considered as relatively equal partners.On the other hand, where the diffusion took place between the Firstand Third Worlds, these exchanges have often been projected asone-way impositions where the receivers are silent, oppressed,impotent – if not outright invisible.

More recently, some researchers have begun to approach therelations between actors and stakeholders in processes of planningdiffusion in a more complex and ambiguous way. To begin with, thenatives in developing countries, whether colonial or post-colonial,are being recognised as fully-fledged actors in the shaping of thebuilt environment, with a variety of roles to play and means toplay them, even if they frequently face many constraints to theiractions. Moreover, the planning influences have started to beacknowledged as going in multiple directions, including back to thesource of dissemination. Adaptation, hybridisation, mimicry andappropriation are just some of the forms of diffusion and adoptionthat are relevant. The specific traits of the indigenous also cameto be viewed as something that is not necessarily evident:ultimately, who are the ‘locals’?

Urbanism – Imported or Exported? is the first bookto examine the full complexity of these issues in detail. It raisesconceptual questions concerning the identities of locals, the rolesof relevant actors, and the modes of diffusion, as well asinvestigating the methodological implications for historians of thecity-building process. Using examples from around the world, with aparticular emphasis on Mediterranean countries, it offers a boldnew approach to the concepts and methods of the study of planninghistory.

About the Author:

Joseph Nasr, independent researcher, Washington, USA and Associate Researcher, CERMOC, Beirut, Lebanon;

Mercedes Volait, Researcher, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, URBAMA, Université de Tours, France.

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