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Between water and land: urban and rural settlement forms in Cambodia with special reference to Phnom Penh
Kolnberger, Thomas mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
Urban Morphology
International Seminar on Urban Form
[en] Cambodia ; Phnom Penh ; rural morphology ; urban morphology ; plot form ; historico-geographical approach
[en] This article argues that there is a morphological continuity between rural and urban plot forms in Cambodia. The environment and agrarian use of land are the decisive factors for the location and shape of the plots in the countryside, while urban plots are merely compressed rural versions in a situation of higher population density. From a historico-geographical approach, the morphological emergence of Phnom Penh in its early stage as colonial town and capital of a French protectorate will be presented to highlight this persistency of rural settlement pattern in a specific urban context.
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