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Thinking BarcelonaIdeologies of a Global City$
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Edgar Illas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318320

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317873

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Learning from Barcelona

Learning from Barcelona

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(p.180) Chapter Four Learning from Barcelona
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Thinking Barcelona
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317873.005

This chapter examines how the urban transformation of Barcelona can represent an exemplary model for contemporary cities and even for the city of the future. It argues that the master plan and public spaces are relevant beyond their original context. The internal critiques of the Barcelona model of urban transformation are analysed. This chapter suggests that radicalisation of the principles of the Barcelona model might be critically more effective than the dismissal of the model as a whole. The Barcelona model calls for the unifying articulation of cities through public space and the implementation of cohesive master plans.

Keywords:   urban transformation, Barcelona, master plan, public space, Barcelona model, radicalisation

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