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Peri-urbanization, the liberalisation of the land market and craft villages. The processes of urban sprawl in Hanoi (1 fig.)

Since the 1990s, Hanoi has embarked upon a process of “urban catchup” enabling the city to attain the status of an attractive international metropolis and also to control a territory in keeping with its urban ambitions. Its extension is accelerating over densely populated spaces, and in particular over an area where more than 500 villages have specialized in craft activities. Against a background of soaring land prices, we will consider the ability of inhabitants of these densely populated craft villages to gain access to land and develop their activities, which are necessary conditions for inducing them to stay put, avoiding an exodus towards the city centre.


Brownfield areas in European cultural and creative cities: a comparative overview (7 photos)

This paper provides a cross-sectional and transnational analysis of brownfield sites within urban and cultural regeneration strategies and projects in Europe, by way of specific case studies selected in France, Britain, Germany and Switzerland. We focus on the role of the nature of the brownfields and the actors involved, and on the importance of the different steps characterizing the trajectories of change in these derelict spaces. Particular emphasis is placed on how, during periods of standstill different categories of brownfield lands appear (spontaneous and rebellious brownfields, regulated brownfields and institutionalized brownfields) and leave their mark on the cultural and urban landscape. Their role in urban regeneration dynamics as vehicles, tools, urban markers and “labels” is also explored.


Scope for freedom for mayors-elect in the application of the plans for flood risk prevention (4 fig.)

The plans for flood risk prevention in France constrain urban development and land use. However the patterns of application these restrictions vary, and sometimes reveal considerable pressures arising from individual, industrial and collective interests. This paper aims to discuss certain liberties that the mayors-elect take in the application these regulations. The links between local development and flood risk are studied, such as the tendency to reduce hazard ratings in areas when the density of urbanization is high. The recent events of 2010 in La-Faute-sur-Mer and Draguignan (France), which caused considerable loss of lives and property, highlight the importance of complying with restrictive measures.


Management of urban space and morbidity of diseases linked to sanitation in Rufisque (Senegal) (5 fig., 2 photos, 2 tabl.)

The circulation of Agrobiodiversity in the agricultural frontiers of the Amazon (The case of Cruzeiro do Sul region, Acre, Brazil) (3 encadrés, 7 fig., 1 photo)

Book reviews

In this issue of l’Espace géographique, you will find critical reviews of the following books

Bataillon C. (2009). Géographes Génération 1930. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 226 p. (Josefina Gómez Mendoza, université autonome de Madrid)

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