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New Medinas: Towards Sustainable New Towns?

Interconnected Experiences Spanning the North and South Mediterranean

Edited By Pascaline Gaborit

Why a book on new towns? Simply put, new towns are special cases in terms of urban development and the organisation of space. They are challenging adventures, reflecting different surroundings and trends and bringing together in one place a whole host of political, structural and technical issues, and they require a vast array of expertise and a variety of sectors working together to take up a major challenge: creating a city from start to finish.
Such issues are relevant for the creation of new towns on both sides of the Mediterranean, whether in examining the recent history of this phenomenon or in looking towards the future. Exchanges between cities and between experts can therefore generate in-depth analysis and result in greatly improved practices which learn from the past. This book showcases the results of the New Medina project, a journey based on sharing and cooperation among cities and associations from different countries in the North and South of the Mediterranean region.

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Picture: New Fayoum, © ENTP, 2012. We would like to thank: The CIUDAD programme of the European Union, the CA Marne la Vallée- Val Maubuée, leader of New Medina project, the partners of the New Medina project: Touiza Solidarity, the ENTP, the EPA VNSA, Al Omrane Ch’Rafate and the HBRC, the experts who participated in the various panels. The authors of the book. For reviewing the content and the layout: Edoardo Guglielmetti, Stella Karavazaki, Susanne Wander and Phoebe Stirling. For the translation: Vincent Vermeylen, David Bywell, Diana Molina and Jonathan Bitoun. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the standpoint of the programme. p.1-6.p65 6/05/2013, 17:226

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