(Article of periodic en Français - 1979)

Document title

Urbanisation et consommation d'espace en France

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The consumption of space is a newly appeared theme and urbanisation is one of the principal causes and aspects, in a direct form (the town) or indirect (tourism, transport, etc..). The exact consumption has not yet been measured (5 to 8 per cent of the French land area?-30-35000 hectares per annum or 80000?). It is known, however, that it is considerable, even menacing, in certain spatial contexts (the periphery of towns, coastal zones, tourist regions...) and that it is due above all to the expansion of the built-up area (decongestion of town centres, growth of detached housing, proliferation of second homes). But overall, the menace is less disturbing than is generally believed: much lower urbanisation in France as compared with neighbouring countries, major slow down of demographic and economic growth, an awareness of the problem at numerous levels, the existence of statutes permitting the State and communes to intervene, the requirements for major infrastructure largely met. There will still be a need for consumption of land by urbanisation but il will be less than previously and can be better organised.


Article of periodic

published at : Hommes et terres du Nord Lille

Editor :

Millesime : 1979, no2 [pp. 7-21]



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