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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Courtyard recovery locations within the Eixample neighborhoods. He became interested in politics and the study of urban planning.

Archived from the original PDF on 3 October In the mids, Barcelona was on the brink of collapse. Your email address will not be published.

Behind Four Walls: Barcelona’s Lost Utopia – Failed Architecture

This page was last edited on 10 Septemberat 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. Yet its population ofstill lived in a tiny area, confined by its medieval walls. His designs belie a network-oriented approach far ahead of his time.

An aerial view of a portion of the Eixample. It subsequently selected Antonio Rovira cfrda Trias and his radial centric design as the winning master plan. In addition, only one of the two planned diagonal streets was realized. Over the following decades, Eixample grew with magnificent modernist buildings standing cheek by jowl with artisan homes demanding much cheaper rents. It is not accidental that many of the gardens are named after women as the Barcelona street nomenclature is exclusively male.

And yet, none of these ideas were well-received or appreciated in Barcelona at the time. While the tower is no longer functional, the historic and unique form in addition to the courtyard conversion made it cfrda popular and well-used space.


Ildefons Cerdà

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. 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. Topics Cities The story iildefons cities. The neighborhood as it stands, is functional, atmospheric and charming. His work is still studied in Catalan schools to this day.

Ramon Casasa painter who had grown cerrda 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 cultural figures. 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.

Retrieved 20 March Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Demolition work would finally start a year later.

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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. 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.


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. Cholera alone killed more than 13, people between and 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.

So he was forced to do it himself.

Likewise, manzana blocks which were planned as public facilities such as schools, markets and social centres were instead developed without regard to the plan: Development of the Manzana Block from public to private.

As it was impossible to oppose the rulings coming from Madrid, his opponents instead tried to discredit him ideologically and intellectually. By the early 19th century, the old walled city of Barcelona ildefoons become so crammed that the working classes, bourgeois society and factories all co-existed in the same space.

The length of each side would measure With this explosion of modernism, an ildegons urban competitiveness emerged. Originally, each manzana was to be built up on only 2 or 3 sides, with a depth of 20 metres and a height of 16 metres. Even today, this design makes traffic circulation infinitely easier in Eixample. Ildefons Cerda finalized the development of his Eixample plan at his own expense.

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