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Engineering the rural idyll: road construction and the Peri-urban landscape in Belgium, 1925–1940

David Peleman UGent and Pieter Uyttenhove UGent (2012) LANDSCAPE RESEARCH. 37(4). p.417-435
abstract
As in many other Western countries, the road network in Belgium was subject to an extensive modernisation project during the interbellum period. This paper analyses how this project affected the relationship between the road and landscape. In the absence of a comprehensive landscape project for road construction from the government, other parties played an important role in defining the road's relation to the landscape. Through their publications, images and discourses, an idealised image of landscape-a rural idyll-became interwoven with the narrative of the modern road. We will first position this Belgian project vis-a-vis other road projects abroad, and describe why landscape was a non-issue for the Belgian government and its engineers. Subsequently, we will examine how other parties-the road association, the construction industry, urban planners and architects-appropriated fragments of landscape to frame or support their own projects.
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organization
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
urbanism, history, technology, interbellum, landscape
journal title
LANDSCAPE RESEARCH
Landsc. Res.
volume
37
issue
4
pages
417 - 435
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000307933600003
JCR category
GEOGRAPHY
JCR impact factor
0.58 (2012)
JCR rank
53/72 (2012)
JCR quartile
3 (2012)
ISSN
0142-6397
DOI
10.1080/01426397.2012.684943
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2153557
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2153557
date created
2012-06-14 13:26:09
date last changed
2012-10-25 15:06:40
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  abstract     = {As in many other Western countries, the road network in Belgium was subject to an extensive modernisation project during the interbellum period. This paper analyses how this project affected the relationship between the road and landscape. In the absence of a comprehensive landscape project for road construction from the government, other parties played an important role in defining the road's relation to the landscape. Through their publications, images and discourses, an idealised image of landscape-a rural idyll-became interwoven with the narrative of the modern road. We will first position this Belgian project vis-a-vis other road projects abroad, and describe why landscape was a non-issue for the Belgian government and its engineers. Subsequently, we will examine how other parties-the road association, the construction industry, urban planners and architects-appropriated fragments of landscape to frame or support their own projects.},
  author       = {Peleman, David and Uyttenhove, Pieter},
  issn         = {0142-6397},
  journal      = {LANDSCAPE RESEARCH},
  keyword      = {urbanism,history,technology,interbellum,landscape},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {417--435},
  title        = {Engineering the rural idyll: road construction and the Peri-urban landscape in Belgium, 1925--1940},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2012.684943},
  volume       = {37},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Peleman, David, and Pieter Uyttenhove. 2012. “Engineering the Rural Idyll: Road Construction and the Peri-urban Landscape in Belgium, 1925–1940.” Landscape Research 37 (4): 417–435.
APA
Peleman, D., & Uyttenhove, P. (2012). Engineering the rural idyll: road construction and the Peri-urban landscape in Belgium, 1925–1940. LANDSCAPE RESEARCH, 37(4), 417–435.
Vancouver
1.
Peleman D, Uyttenhove P. Engineering the rural idyll: road construction and the Peri-urban landscape in Belgium, 1925–1940. LANDSCAPE RESEARCH. 2012;37(4):417–35.
MLA
Peleman, David, and Pieter Uyttenhove. “Engineering the Rural Idyll: Road Construction and the Peri-urban Landscape in Belgium, 1925–1940.” LANDSCAPE RESEARCH 37.4 (2012): 417–435. Print.