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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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Pascaline Gaborit Pascaline Gaborit has 10 years of experience working with European local authorities, as Director of the ENTP: European New Towns and Pilot Cities Platform (a network of Europe- an local authorities). She coordinates exchang- es, events and expert panels, as well as giving university lectures. She also manages EU co- financed projects and conducts research on urban development (particularly regarding New Towns), and on the different policies, actions and roles of local authorities (particularly regarding planning, manage- ment, environment, economy, communities and culture). As such she is convinced that cooperation and exchange between local authorities is very important. Recent projects include cooperation with Chinese and Indian New Towns (EAST project:, with Southern Mediterranean New Towns (, projects on sustainable renovation (, Culture and develop- ment ( and migrants’ inclusion in Europe (Labour plus). Pascaline completed a PhD in Political Science, speaks several lan- guages and has participated as an expert/consultant for various European and international programs and reports. She is the author of various books, articles and conference papers including European New Towns: Image, Identity and Future Perspectives, published by Peter Lang, 2010. Rachid Sidi Boumedine Rachid Sidi Boumedine currently works as an expert and associate director for research at CREAD (Centre for Research in Applied Econom- ics for Development) in Algiers. He has previously taught Sociology (Methodology and Urban Sociol- ogy) and conducted research at the University of Algiers, as well as carrying out work for CNRS and the IRD (France). He...

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