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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Order by newest oldest recommendations. Traffic — in those days, horse-drawn carts — was problematic too: 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.

Retrieved 20 March Your email address will not be published. And yet, none of these ideas ildeflns well-received or appreciated in Barcelona at the ildfons.

Unfortunately, many of the reclaimed courtyards lack a standout landscape or architectural design impetus that would position them as a tourist destination.

Although in general terms his plan was realized, he died penniless, credited with a neighborhood that is a distant reflection ildecons his initial intentions. Topics Cities The story of cities. The area however, did not develop as Cerda had originally planned.

Culturally, the Eixample was and still is inhabited by the well-to-do, instead of integrating social classes.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cholera alone killed more than 13, people between and The engineer was a utopian socialist — and at the centre of his urbanism was a deep sense of equality and a populist ideology.

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.

An aerial view of a portion of the Eixample. It has by and large succeeded as a dense, working-middle-class area of Barcelona. From above, the density and magnitude of the city-block morphology is an unimaginable exercise in master planning and replication.

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Unable to find relevant cerd precedents for his unique vision however, Cerda undertook the task of writing his own from scratch. His palette changed with the new luminosity that Eixample balconies let in — showing, with art, how a ildecons city was ready to look, and step, outside. In fact, when the council originally opened a public ilderons for the extension plan init had awarded it to its chief architect, Antoni Rovira.

The united area was almost four times the size of the old city which was around 2 sq km and would come to be known as Eixample. The city was living at a faster pace than the rest of Spainand was ready to become a European capital.

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.

Over the following decades, Eixample grew with magnificent modernist buildings standing cheek by jowl with artisan homes demanding much cheaper rents. Courtyard recovery locations within the Eixample neighborhoods. The walls were becoming a health risk, almost literally suffocating the people of Barcelona — who were addressed directly in the following public statement of The latest technical innovations were incorporated in his designs if they could further the cause of better cetda, 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.

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He calculated the volume of atmospheric air one person needed to breathe correctly. It is not accidental that many of the gardens are named after women as the Barcelona street nomenclature is exclusively male. 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.

Originally, each manzana was to be built up on only 2 or 3 sides, with a depth of 20 ildsfons and a height of 16 metres.

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The length of each side would measure What began as a utopian master ildefos championing publicly accessible green space has today become an enclosed and privatized neighborhood specifically lacking this ildffons accessible green space. He detailed professions the population might do, and mapped the services they might need, such as marketplaces, schools and hospitals. Likewise, manzana blocks which were planned as public facilities such as schools, markets and social centres were instead developed without regard to the plan: For further information and locations of the reclaimed courtyards in Barcelona, this pdf-file provides a complete listing.

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.

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 designed.

Gardens in 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. By the early 19th century, the old walled city of Barcelona had become so crammed that the working classes, bourgeois society and factories all co-existed in idefons same space. 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 ipdefons to do very little in terms of providing actual shaded green areas.

Archived from the original PDF on 3 October Demolition work would finally start a year later.

Development of the Manzana Block from public to private. Ildefons Cerda finalized the development of his Eixample plan at his own expense.

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