(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

The Urban West and the Rural Rest: Framing in Dutch Regional Planning in the 1950s

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

Molema Marijn (1) ;
(1) Department of Landscape Architecture, Wageningen University


This paper draws on the case of Dutch regional planning in the 1950s to investigate how ‘urban space’ and ‘rural space’ have traditionally been perceived as opposing concepts. During this decade, politicians, planners and policy-makers constructed an image of an overdeveloped, urban, industrial centre on the one hand, and an underdeveloped, rural, agricultural periphery on the other. Rooted in a debate about the ‘harmonious’ development of the Netherlands, this image made a substantial contribution to the schematic understanding of urban and rural space. Examining this frame as an historical construct helps to reveal the anachronistic character of many of the urban-rural differentiations that are made today.


Article of periodic

published at : Landscape research / ISSN 1469-9710

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1976)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 37, no4 [pp. 437-450]
Published in 20120801



Digital Object Identifier

Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : 10.1080/01426397.2012.687444

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