Barcelona is regarded as a prototype of a European Mediterranean city with a long urban tradition. It has undergone a specific process of historic formation: density and compactness of urban form, evolution by extension rather than by reform. A history of urban planning necessarily includes a summary of the territorial and urban experience, the physical dimensions of the city that condition its cultural and economic development. This book centers on the construction of Barcelona, taking as its basis the most important planning operations and city projects, and drawing from diverse sources and phases. The local scale of many of the projects contrasts with the cosmopolitan aspirations that have made these interventions so innovative; including major projects for special events, such as the 1888 (World Exhibition), 1929 (Electrical Industries Exhibition) and 1992 (Olympic Games). New prospects are emerging from the recent European institutional framework, particularly changes in the economic system to a post-industrial phase. The urban planning history of Barcelona shows how the city has overcome major contradictions.
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From its origins to capital of the medieval Mediterranean
From the urbanisation of the Raval to the start of industrialisation
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19th century activities Aerial view Andreu architect architecture Arquitectura Avinguda Barcelona Barceloneta buildings built capital Carrer Catalan Catalonia Catalunya central centre Cerda city's Ciutat Vella comarca complex Consell de Cent construction context cultural d'Espanya designed Diagonal districts dwellings dynamic economic Eixample European cities Exhibition facade functional GATCPAC Generalitat Generalitat de Catalunya Giiell Gran Gran Via growth hectares housing idea important industrial infrastructure initial innovative intervention Jaume Joan Josep land layout Le Corbusier Les Corts Llobregat Madrid major Metropolitan Area Modernisme Montjuic municipal neighbourhood Noucentisme old town Olympic organisation Palau Paris Park Passeig de Gracia period Placa Poblenou population port produced programme proposals Puig i Cadafalch railway Rambla region rehabilitation represented residential road Roman Sant Andreu schemes sector situation social Sola-Morales specific street blocks structure suburban territory town walls towns and cities transformation urban development urban planning urban space urbanisation various Via Laietana