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al-Madīnah or la ville? An architectural & urban “clash of civilizations” – the example of the city of Algiers

distinct periods may be identified: military planning (1830–1840), the birth of the European city (1840–1880), extramural expansion and urban growth (1880–1914), transformation between the two world wars and rural immmigration (1914–1945) and that of housing shortage and bidonvilles until 1962 ( Hadjri & Osmani 2004 : 30). In the early years after the capture of the most important cities on the Algerian coast, the French did not interfere with their urban structure. Algiers was treated as a foothold for possible further expansion into the country. If the French made

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