By Ambe J. Njoh
This ebook will search to shut the gaps at the position of France in exporting Eurocentric spatial and environmental layout ideas and perform. It does so by means of examining the main spatial and actual improvement tasks that French colonial specialists applied in France’s colonial empire and elsewhere from the 15th to the 20th century. French city planning ideology, rules and perform weren't exported solely to territories below French colonial suzerainty. hence, the booklet makes a speciality of significant actual and spatial making plans schemes encouraged by way of French making plans suggestion in territories with out a historical past of French colonialism.
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These structures were located in a manner designed to ensure their physical and political dominance. In short, the structure of the city and its government buildings were designed to symbolize the dignity and power of the United States’ Federal Government. The French and Built Space in Colonial Canada The activities of French explorers and colonial authorities had a widespread and lasting impression on the built environment of Canada. With the only Frenchspeaking cities in North America, Canada emerges as the region with the most conspicuous evidence of erstwhile French control.
The acculturation and assimilation goals of these projects were obvious. The Europeanstyle buildings that housed these institutions also conspired to attain the same goals. Both the activities that went on in these buildings, and the buildings themselves were meant to enhance France’s avowed mission to civilize ‘cultural others’. The spatial structure of early Montreal bears many traces of French influence. Apart, from intentional activities that had the specific goal of asserting French presence in the region, one also finds unintended scars from events that characterized France’s relationship with its friends and foes at the time.
A devout Christian, Chomedy was assisted in his official capacity by other equally devout Christians of whom the most prominent was Jeanne Mance. Mance is credited with founding Montreal’s first hospital, the HôtelDieu, and schools that taught French to children of the indigenous population. The acculturation and assimilation goals of these projects were obvious. The Europeanstyle buildings that housed these institutions also conspired to attain the same goals. Both the activities that went on in these buildings, and the buildings themselves were meant to enhance France’s avowed mission to civilize ‘cultural others’.
French Urbanism in Foreign Lands by Ambe J. Njoh