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Beuvron-en-Auge: 15th Century Town Planning Stands the Test of Time

Another reason European placemaking has North American applications: it wasn't always perfect. Hazel Borys looks to simple town planning lessons from a village in Normandy.
May 31, 2017, 1pm PDT | Scott Doyon
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"Every month or so, we add to our collection of lessons from livable places. These are the neighbourhoods where walking the streets and looking carefully at the urban forms provide insights into what makes for lovability over time. Today, I’d like to consider Beuvron-en-Auge, deemed one of the most beautiful villages in France by Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. In the heart of cider country, the half-timber construction and picturesque Norman streets suggest a timeless beauty that belies the recent struggle for historic preservation and restoration."

"In the early 1970’s, many of the village buildings had been 'updated' and cloaked in modern concrete. 15th through 17th century structures had been turned into a 'sea of blurred shabby architecture.' Fortunately, Mayor Michel Vermughe turned it all around, with vision, passion, and heritage funds to restore village character."

Borys shares a photo journal from this village in Normandy, drawing parallels with North American placemaking challenges of the 1970's.

Beuvron-en-Auge, Normandy, France. Image credit: CreativeCommons ShareAlike License with Attribution to Hazel Borys

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Published on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in PlaceShakers
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