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Propos sur l'espace rural

(32 (1996/1) - Recherches en Géographie Humaine)
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Index de mots-clés : espace rural, génie du lieu, protection des paysages, réglementations


In any redevelopment of the rural environment, it must, in addition to its traditional agricultural use, be enabled to play a compensatory and redynamising role alongside urban zones. Such a goal implies that it be subjected to a specific and stringent policy based upon an enhanced protection of both natural and created landscapes. Unfortunately, the usai means of establishing precise architectural regulations are open to well-founded criticisms; indeed, the aesthetic richness of an area lies in its identity and therefore in its allergy to any procedure of categorisation that may seriously reduce its natural value. It is no less true that in a rural environnent, any architectural project must be impregnated with a fundamental modesty that quite frankly requires architecture to be adapted subordinately to the environment in the following ways: a flexibility of implantation, a simplicity in volumes, the elimination of any unharmonious lines, a homogeneity of building materials and the use of neutral, non discordant colours.

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Jean BARTHÉLEMY, «Propos sur l'espace rural», Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège [En ligne], 32 (1996/1) - Recherches en Géographie Humaine, URL :

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