This book is a tribute to the first modern urban planner and his
product: the Eixample, which is today the thriving and undisputed center
of the Barcelona metropolitan area.
The city of Barcelona as
constructed over the last 150 years on the strength of Ildefons Cerdà's
1859 Project for the Reform and Expansion' bears living witness to the
modernity of a way of thinking and making the city.
appreciaton of the values of the Eixample that have taken shape in the
last century and a half affords illuminating insights into what it means
to plan, design and build a city. The chapter structure is devoted to
an orderly analysis in the first instance of the elements that
articulate the construction of the Eixample ― the residential fabric,
the grid, the street, the chamfered corner and the sewers ― and then of
the city blocks and the various configurations associated with housing,
industry, amenities and open spaces.
The book intentionally
focuses on the Eixample as a whole ― what we know as the Cerdà Eixample ―
instead of confining itself to the more central Eixample traditionally
associated with Modernista architecture.