The atlas is a documentation of the collective research by the 2013/14 cohort of post-graduate students studying MA Landscape + Urbanism and P G Dip Landscape Architecture at Kingston University. The atlas is about Le Havre, a city with UNESCO World Heritage status, in a highly dynamic and complex area of France. Le Havre with its surrounding region, on the English Channel and the estuary of the Seine, is not only a beautiful and historically significant area, but also a place of national as well as growing European interest. The Port of Le Havre and the River Seine link Rouen, Paris, and thereby France and the European Union, with the world, through trade and shipping, giving it great strategic importance.
This atlas builds on the knowledge and generous help of the Agence d’Urbanisme de la Région du Havre et de l’Estuaire de la Seine (AURH), the Communauté de l’agglomération havraise (CODAH) and Le Havre Port among others, and can be seen as a complement to their extensive research about the city. Their enthusiasm and support have been invaluable for this project and we would like to give them our sincere thanks.
“Urban growth and urban decline are situated next to each other and interact, so
that urban growth and deline melt together – creating a dynamic, urban patchwork.”
Rocky Piro & Robin Ganser, 2013
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