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Barcelona MAPPING

Contemporary Regeneration of History

Europa | Barcellona

For this issue, TheCityPlan has moved to Barcelona, a city integrally associated with urban regeneration. Following our now standard approach, we analyze the city by looking at six maps that show five "snapshots" of the city - snapshots because the information is taken directly from GIS-mapping available online. Our main map, the one against which all the others are compared, is the population density map. The unique nature of the city is immediately evident, with the population spread remarkably evenly across the entire urban area. This picture of Barcelona, with its characteristic urban layout, can be traced to the second half of the 19th Century, when the engineer Ildefons Cerdà created a now famous right-angled city grid with two diagonal streets. The lots were all square and the same size, with rounded corners to make it easier for vehicles to turn. The...

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