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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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Gardens ildffons the centre of each street block; rich and poor accessing the same services; and smooth-flowing traffic were among his then revolutionary, even utopian-sounding ideas — many of which materialised to at least some extent although not the central gardens.

He became interested in politics and the study of urban planning. Your email address will not be published. Show 25 25 50 All.

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Cera latest technical innovations were incorporated in his designs if they could further the cause of better integration, but he also came up with remarkable new concepts of his own, including a logical system of land readjustment that was essential to the success of his project, and produced a thorough statistical analysis of working-class conditions at the time, which he undertook in order to demonstrate the ills of congestion.

At the Jardines de Montserrat Roig, a copper beer kettle-leftover from the Damm brewery which previously occupied the site remains as an interactive playscape. At this time, grid or radial based urban planning principles were being cfrda or experimented with in New York, Buenos Aires, Paris and London.

December 23, Centelles, Catalonia, Spain.


At the same time, fans of Enric Miralles can lounge on one of his sculptures at the Jardines Jaume Perich. For further information and locations of the reclaimed courtyards in Barcelona, cerdq pdf-file provides a complete listing.

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It has by and large succeeded as a dense, working-middle-class area of Barcelona. Courtyard recovery locations within the Eixample neighborhoods.

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 lldefons buildings and the gardens within every city block were soon dispensed with by politicians inclined to cave iodefons to or perhaps even indulge in property speculation. With interest in the socio-cultural aspect of architecture iildefons 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.

Now the city and the Spanish government had to design and manage the sudden redistribution of an overflowing population. 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 for Eixample inhabitants.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Over the following decades, Eixample grew with magnificent modernist buildings standing cheek by jowl with artisan homes demanding much cheaper rents. In total, Pro Eixample attempted to recover 50 block interiors representing roughly ,m 2 of space. 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; life expectancy had dropped to 36 years for the rich and just 23 years for the working classes.

According to the artist, when asked how he wanted his house, a member of the bourgeoisie said: 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 Ildefonz. The neighborhood as it stands, is functional, atmospheric and charming.


However, even if the courtyard reclamations are meant to be small-scale, ilcefons 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.

Topics Cities The story of cities. As it was impossible to oppose the rulings coming from Madrid, his opponents instead tried to discredit him ideologically and intellectually.

Ildefons Cerdà – Wikipedia

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Ildefons Cerda finalized the development of ildefpns Eixample plan at his own expense.

idefons These days, Barcelona is consistently praised as an urban success story. Ildefons Cerda December 23, — August 21, was an urban planner originally trained as a civil engineer who left his job in the civil engineering service to begin working on a grid based ilvefons that would come to be known as the Eixample. Archived from the original PDF on 3 October The plan for Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood consisted of low-rise urban blocks with ample public space, but was drastically changed during its actual realisation.

Cholera alone killed more than 13, people between and His work is still studied in Catalan schools to this day.