HomeMigration and exile among architects, urbanists and landscape architects in the modern era

HomeMigration and exile among architects, urbanists and landscape architects in the modern era

Migration and exile among architects, urbanists and landscape architects in the modern era

Migrations et exils des architectes, des urbanistes, des paysagistes à l’ère contemporaine

Cahiers de la recherche architecturale, urbaine et paysagère

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Published on Thursday, September 28, 2017


À l’échelle des grands bouleversements tels que ceux connus par le monde au XXe siècle, la migration de l’architecte, de l’urbaniste, du ou de la paysagiste peut apparaître comme un épiphénomène. Pourtant, le nombre et la diversité de ces trajectoires révèlent sans aucun doute de riches enseignements à propos de la circulation des idées, des techniques et des savoir-faire à l’ère contemporaine. Qu’ils relèvent de la migration économique, de l’exil politique, de l’exode ou de l’évasion, ces « voyages subis » témoignent d’une histoire culturelle de ces différentes figures professionnelles qui nécessite d’être prise en considération.



The migration of an architect, urbanist or landscape architect might appear an epiphenomenon, compared to other catastrophes of the twentieth century. But the number and diversity of these trajectories have much to teach us about the spread of ideas, techniques and know-how in modern times. Whether caused by economic migration, political exile, exodus or escape, these ‘enforced journeys’ need to be understood and evaluated.

There is a wealth of academic research - and numerous exhibitions - on the migration of intellectuals, but much remains to be done on the case of architects, urbanists and landscape architects.[1] Most studies of this kind have focused on those fleeing the totalitarian regimes in the years before the Second World War. The important work of Nicolai Bernd on the case of German architects escaping the Nazi regime is available to German readers. [2] Charlotte Benton tracked the difficult experience of exiled architects in Great Britain after 1930[3]. There are also some interesting publications in Spanish on the experience of exiles from the Franco regime in South America[4].
However, if the cultural transfers before or after the Second World War have been studied, [5], a wider study of North/South and East/West movements between Europe and America in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries remains to be undertaken. One approach would be to follow the individual cases of architects, urbanists or landscape architects. Another approach would be to turn to techniques used by historians, geographers, or historians of ideas to analyses these phenomena.
This special issue calls for an analysis of both the causes and the effects of cultural migration at the international, national, collective or individual scale. Questions of a personal, professional or theoretical nature will be included.

Why Leave?

The reasons given by professionals for leaving their home country have to be analysed. Questions of professional, political or intellectual differences should be studied just as much as cases of membership of a persecuted or marginalised minority. Economics also played a big part, as well as political crises and the lack of possibilities of professional advancement and training, in explaining a drain of intellectuals which was often severely missed in the country of origin. Another line of enquiry is the study of the effect of dislocation and cultural shock on professionals forced to adapt to new conditions. What kinds of links did they maintain with their country of origin and to what extent did they associate with co-nationals in their new country?

Exile often brought about a professional reorientation. What forms did it take? We know that many architects, urbanists and landscape architects turned to theory and design.[6] A closer understanding of these inflexions would be valuable, often dismissed as a cul-de-sac or considered as a particularly fertile moment in intellectual development.


What obstacles were placed before architects in their adopted country? What new opportunities were available? What political, economic, judicial or administrative strategies were adopted in the host countries for accommodating exiled professionals? What role was played by museums, universities, schools of architecture and urbanism or professional associations?
Better understanding is required of the networks of friendship, politics, professional and cultural groupings that helped architects, urbanists or landscape architects to find a place to live and help them settle in. What role did political, cultural or ethnic identities play in supporting emigre professionals? What impact did they make on the host countries? What circumstances led to emigres being perceived as disruptive or advantageous to the host communities ?

Return from Exile

Sometimes, exile proved temporary. How was a return to the home country planned and executed? Did return provoke acceptance or resistance on behalf of compatriots?[7] Many careers were heavily influenced by exile and/or return. There are many cases in which shared exile forged close ties among architects, urbanists or landscape architects, and these cases can be fruitful for an understanding of this experience.[8]

Procedure for the transmission of draft articles

Articles will be sent by e-mail before 15 October 2017

to the editorial office of the Cahiers de la recherche architecturale, urbaine et paysagère secretariat-craup@culture.gouv.fr

For more information, contact Aude Clavel at +33 (0)6 10 55 11 36

The articles must not exceed 50,000 characters (spaces included), with notes and bibliography.
Languages accepted: French, English.
Articles must be accompanied by:

  • A biobibliographical record between 5 to 10 lines (name and first name of the author (s),professional status/titles, possible institutional link, research themes, latest publications, e-mailaddress).
  • 2 abstracts respectively in French and English.
  • 5 key words in French and 5 in English.

Instructions to authors

1 / General rules
Italic: words in foreign languages in relation to the language used, therefore op. cit., Ibid., cf., a priori, a posteriori, etc.
No use of bold (with the exception of titles) nor capitals (with the exception of the beginning of proper names, institutions, capitals for titles in English, etc.).
2 / Body of the text
The text must be entered in the Word software, using Times New Roman, size 12, line spacing 1.5, without any special formatting, except titles, headings, captions and paragraph breaks.
3 / Quotations
Quotations of less than 3 lines will be inserted into the text and placed between quotation marks.
Quotes of more than five lines will be indented to the left and right, size 10 (not 12), and without quotation marks.
4 / References
The bibliographical references will be grouped according to author’s name alphabetical order at the end of the article in a section titled "Bibliography", according to the following model:
For a book: First name Last name, Title, City of publishing, Publishing house (Collection), year of publication, page.
For a collective work: First name Last Name and First name Last name of dir./coord./eds./etc., Title, City of publishing, Publishing house, year of publication, page, or First name Last name et al., Title, City of publishing, Publishing house, year of publication, page.
For a chapter of a collective work: First name, Last name, (dir./coord./eds./etc.), Title, City of publishing, Publishing house, year of publication, page.
For a journal article: First Name Last Name, "Article Title", Journal Title, Vol./N °, Date, City of publishing, Publishing house, year of Publication, page.
For electronic reference: First name Last name, “Title of article”, Journal title, vol./n°, date, [online] [url], accessed on [date].
5 / Illustrations, charts and tables
The photographs accompanying the text should be scanned in high definition (300 dpi) in Jpg or Tiff formats. Text files will be distinct from graphic files.
The author must verify that the images / figures of which he is not the author are free of rights.
Otherwise, he must apply to the owner of the image / figure before submitting it to the magazine.
Illustrations, charts and tables must be legendary in a specific way:
−The title of the illustrations should be placed above the illustration.
−The legend and credits (source, copyright, etc.) must be placed under the illustration on twoseparate lines.

Editorial line

Placed in the fields of architectural, urban and landscape research, the Cahiers initially developed from the 1970s in research labs of the French schools of architecture. On becoming an online international journal, the Cahiers initiates today a new formula targeted towards the research communities concerned by intentional transformations of space, whatever the scales. The journal aims at meeting current interests and issues in these fields, seeking to renew them and to open new directions of research. Three main research issues are more directly questioned. One specifically concerns theoretical aspects, in order to develop exchanges and discussions between theories of design, planning, architecture and landscape. Another issue refers to the materiality of the city, the technical know-how involved in spatial transformation, but also the material dimension of of transfer and mobilization phenomena, often analyzed in other journals from a-spatial angles. Lastly, the third issue questions the project and its design, which holds a special place in the sciences and the practice of space (performative roles of projects, theories of practice). These three poles call for interdisciplinary works, dedicated to trace in-depth explanations of the transformations of the built environment at the Anthropocene Era. The expected scientific production refers to common criteria of peer reviewing processes. It could pay a particular attention to the issues of pictures and visual production in a field where images can serve as discourse.

Thematics folders

Les Cahiers de la recherche architecturale, urbaine et paysagère online issue two or three time a year a thematic folder dedicated to a specific and problematized theme, and which consists of around ten articles in French and English.

A call for papers is broadcasted for each thematic heading. Proposals may be in French or English. The evaluation is peer-rewiewed.


The online magazine has 3 headings to accommodate miscellaneous articles, and outside thematic folders.
Research news: Various reports: theses, entitlement to supervise research , reviews of works, exhibitions
Research materials: interviews, practitioners’ discourses, translations, reference texts ...
Debates and controversies: young researchers/doctorates, debates and controversies
Proposals may be in French or English. The texts are evaluated and peer-rewiewed.

Editorial Board

Chief Editor :  Frederic Pousin

  • Manuel Bello Marcano
  • Franck Besançon
  • Gauthier Bolle
  • Enrico Chapel
  • Benjamin Chavardes
  • Laurent Devisme
  • Yankel Fijalkow
  • Sandra Fiori
  • François Fleury
  • Philippe Grandvoinnet
  • Xavier Guillot
  • Caroline Maniaque
  • Beatrice Mariolle
  • Valérie Nègre
  • Daniel Siret
  • Helene Vacher

Editorial Assistant : Aude Clavel 


  • Sunday, October 15, 2017


  • architecture, transfert culturel, migration


  • Marie Gaimard
    courriel : marie [dot] gaimard [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Marie Gaimard
    courriel : marie [dot] gaimard [at] gmail [dot] com


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« Migration and exile among architects, urbanists and landscape architects in the modern era », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, September 28, 2017, https://calenda.org/416543

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