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Author Papadopoulos, A. G, author
Title Urban regimes and strategies : building Europe's central executive district in Brussels / Alex G. Papadopoulos
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  HT169.B42 B796 1996    AVAILABLE    30610020011631
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  307.33 P1972 1996    AVAILABLE    30500100979809
Descript xviii, 290 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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Series University of Chicago geography research paper ; no. 239
University of Chicago geography research paper ; no. 239
Note An extensive Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.), University of Chicago, 1993, with title: The Quartier Européen-Léopold, Brussels.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-286) and index
If a city based its planning decisions on the needs of an international bureaucracy rather than on the traditional needs of local residents and businesses, how would that city change? Alex G. Papadopoulos addresses this question with a detailed study of how the nineteenth-century quartiers of Leopold and Nord-Est in Brussels have been transformed materially and functionally since the European Communities decided to locate their administrative headquarters there in 1957
Drawing on game and rational-choice theories, spatial analysis, and urban morphology studies, Papadopoulos analyzes how the landscape of Brussels's center has evolved over the last three decades under the influence of successive coalitions of local and foreign elites. He describes how international real-estate developers form ephemeral, flexible, and specialized regimes of cooperation with governmental organizations at all levels and with special-interest lobbies to carry out major urban projects, while local neighborhood groups, conservationists, and political factions such as the Green Party oppose them with qualitatively similar regimes of resistance
Machine derived contents note: List of Figures -- List of Tables -- Acknowledgments -- Prologue -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Theoretical Foundations -- 3. The Historical Background -- 4. The Planning Aspect -- 5. The Quartier as Land Market -- 6. National, Ethnic, or City Interests First? The Quartier as Political Artifact -- 7. From the Boudoir to the Trenches: Two "Rational" Urban Games -- 8. In Search of Monumentality in Consumption -- 9. Conclusions -- Appendix: Building Permit for the Centre International du Congres -- Bibliography -- Index
Subject European Economic Community
City planning -- Belgium -- Brussels
Central business districts -- Belgium -- Brussels
European Economic Community
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