Modern Architecture in Historic Cities: Policy, Planning, and Building in Contemporary France

Modern Architecture in Historic Cities: Policy, Planning, and Building in Contemporary France

Modern Architecture in Historic Cities: Policy, Planning, and Building in Contemporary France

Modern Architecture in Historic Cities: Policy, Planning, and Building in Contemporary France

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The people who helped me to develop and complete this work are too numerous to acknowledge individually. Of high priority among them are those who accepted being interviewed, often on more than one occasion. They generously provided me with invaluable material, gave me access to their files, connected me with other people and gave me leads that I would certainly not have found without their help. They are all colleagues working within the French system, whether in local authorities or central government departments, in academic institutions or in private practice. Without diminishing the role of the others, I want to mention a few of them: Beatrice Auxent from the Nord CAUE; Didier Joseph-François, architect in Lille; Claude Vanderstraeten of the Nord SDA; Joseph Comby and Vincent Renard of the ADEF; P. Frier; J. Houlet; J. Lucan; Nathan Starkman of the APUR; Anna Tassou-Redor of Pontoise; Alain Marinos of Quimper; Didier Couval of the Val d'Oise; and Henri Bonnemazou of the Yvelines CAUE. Their generosity allowed me to obtain insights without which this book could not have been feasible. Through repeated contacts some of them have now become friends.

Back in Britain, I wish to thank Dr John Punter with whom I had stimulating discussions early in the gestation of this study. His own interest in the subject helped me to maintain my enthusiasm. Dr Neil Ravenscroft gave me extremely valuable support and helped me to improve the work greatly in the later stages. I also wish to thank my friend Dr George Michell who made pertinent comments on my drafts, particularly at times when work was not going too well, and Dr Bob Jarvis who regularly handed me bits of interesting information.

I wish to thank the Economic and Social Research Council for funding my initial four weeks' stay in France. It allowed me to make the preliminary contacts and exploratory visits which led to the development of this work. Finally I wish to thank my editor Sarah Lloyd and her assistant Valerie Rose, who were always helpful at the end of the telephone.

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