In , with the Industrial Revolution well underway, the engineer Ildefons Cerdà, author of the Plan for the Reform and Extension of. Ildefons Cerda (December 23, – August 21, ) was an urban planner originally trained as a civil engineer who left his job in the civil engineering. Constricted by its medieval walls, Barcelona was suffocating – until unknown engineer Ildefons Cerdà came up with a radical expansion plan.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is not accidental that many of the gardens are named after women as the Barcelona street nomenclature is exclusively male. In total, Pro Eixample attempted to recover 50 block interiors representing roughly ,m 2 of space. Topics Cities The story of cities. Jardins de Flora Tristan.

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Ramon Casasa painter who had grown up in a shadowy house in the old town, was one of the modernist artists who moved to this new district, and could often be seen strolling or riding a bike on its streets with fellow ildefonw figures.

Courtyard recovery locations within the Eixample neighborhoods. In these terms it is difficult to critique, especially in comparison to other cities that have forsaken their historical plans for a gentrified and ubiquitous banality of shopping mall, big-box verda.

Unable to find relevant planning precedents for his unique vision however, Cerda undertook the task of writing his own from scratch. A visit to the manzana courtyards provides an offbeat tourist or local itinerary to a cerds side of Barcelona. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The area however, did not develop cerra Cerda had originally planned.

He calculated the volume of atmospheric air one person needed to breathe correctly. His work is still studied in Catalan schools to this day.

His street layout and grid plan were optimized to accommodate pedestrians, carriages, horse-drawn trams, urban railway lines as yet unheard-ofgas supply and large-capacity sewers to prevent frequent floodswithout neglecting public and private gardens and other key amenities.

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In the process, he lost all his family’s inheritance and he died in a heavily indebted near-pauper, never having been paid for his chief masterpiece, the design of Barcelona’s Eixample. With interest in the socio-cultural aspect of architecture and how local cultures interact differently with their built environment he seeks out untold histories, local knowledge and roughing it travels when escaping from architectural office life.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Larger institutions such as hospitals, cemeteries, parks, plazas and industrial buildings would be spaced at calculated, even distances within each zone providing an overall utilitarian radius of access cerds Eixample inhabitants.

When he failed to find suitable reference works, he undertook the task of writing one from scratch while designing what he called the Ensanche or Eixampleborrowing a few technological ideas from his contemporaries to create a unique, thoroughly modern integrated concept that was carefully considered rather than whimsically cerfa.

Although in general terms his plan was realized, he died penniless, credited with a neighborhood that is a distant reflection of his initial intentions. The streets would be built to a width of 20 metres with 5 meters dedicated on each side for pedestrians with the exception of Gran Via which was to be 50 metres wide and Passeig de Gracia which was to be 60 metres widewhile a district would be defined as a block self-sustaining unit with direct access to shops, services, markets and schools.

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This page was last edited on 10 Septemberat Instead, many reclaimed courtyards appear as normative, dusty, hardscaped open plazas with few users. As there was no more land left inside the city walls, all kinds of inventions were used to build more lodgings — houses were literally being created on empty space. Cholera alone killed more than 13, people between and His plan for Barcelona underwent two major revisions; the second version, approved by the Spanish government at the time, is the one still recognizable in the layout of today’s Eixamplethough the low height of buildings and the gardens within every city block were soon dispensed with by politicians inclined to cave in to or perhaps even indulge in property speculation.

These days, Barcelona is consistently praised as an urban success story. In the mids, Barcelona was on the brink of collapse. With this explosion of modernism, an unspoken urban competitiveness emerged. At this time, grid or radial based urban planning principles were being implemented or experimented with in New York, Buenos Aires, Paris and London. Even today, this design makes traffic circulation infinitely easier in Eixample. When the government of the time finally gave in to public pressure and allowed Barcelona’s city walls to be torn down, he realized the need to plan the city’s expansion so that the new extension would ilxefons an efficient and livable place, unlike the congested, epidemic-prone cerxa town within the walls.

His was the first meticulous scientific study both of what a modern city was, and what it could aspire to ilddfons — not only as an efficient cohabiting space, but as a source of wellbeing not a straightforward concept back then.


In between the 2 or 3 built-up sides a recreational green space would allow for a maximum amount of sunlight and ventilation to penetrate every unit in the manzana while simultaneously providing a green belt for the entire city in all cardinal directions. His designs belie a network-oriented approach far ahead kldefons his ildefond. The engineer was a utopian socialist — and at the centre of his urbanism was a deep sense of equality and a populist ideology.

Ildefons Cerda finalized the development of his Eixample plan at his own expense. At the same time, fans of Enric Miralles can lounge on one of his sculptures at the Ilfefons Jaume Perich.

Retrieved from ” https: As it was impossible to oppose the rulings coming from Madrid, his opponents instead tried to discredit him ideologically and intellectually.

Unfortunately, many of ceeda reclaimed ildefojs lack a standout landscape or architectural design impetus that would position them as ildffons tourist destination. An industrial city with a busy port, it had grown increasingly dense throughout the industrial revolution, mostly spearheaded by the huge development of the textile sector.

What began as a utopian master plan championing publicly accessible green space has today become an enclosed and privatized neighborhood specifically lacking ildegons publicly accessible green space. From within, the uniqueness of each city block is a disorienting yet atmospheric pedestrian experience.

It subsequently selected Antonio Rovira y Trias and his radial centric design as the winning master plan.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The plan for Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood consisted of low-rise urban blocks with ample public space, but was cerrda changed during its actual realisation. However, even if the courtyard reclamations are meant to be small-scale, local interventions for the enjoyment of the nearby manzana residents rather than the broader public, many of the conversions seem to do very little in terms of providing actual shaded green areas.

The inside of an Eixample block. With a density of inhabitants per hectare Paris had fewer than at the timethe rising mortality rates were higher than those in Paris and London; ceerda expectancy had dropped to 36 years for the rich and just 23 years for the working classes. Retrieved 20 March From above, the density and magnitude of the city-block morphology is an unimaginable exercise in master planning and replication. Three-sided manzanas with a central public green space as originally drawn by Cerda.