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Algiers: The Colonial City

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The thirty years that followed the Algerian war have definitely eased the relationship between the two different civilizations that have inhabited the Algerian territory. As for the history of urbanism in Algiers, one must refer to the fundamental studies of Lespes,3 Cresti,4 Malverti and Picard,5 reconstructing the evolution of the urban form starting from 1830. The present article tries to outline its most remarkable events and to mention the urban plans that had been most important in the making of the city of today. It is limited to the task of studying, defining, and cataloguing the complex articulation of the residential types of Algiers, a city that, for its importance, and range of constructions, can be considered exemplary for the whole state of Algeria. Finally, towards the end of the century, the ever-increasing adoption of stylistic elements borrowed from the &t;Arab&t; architectural language and freely mixed with the colonial vocabulary.

Keywords: Algeria; Arab; colonial; Lespes; Malverti; residential; urbanism



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