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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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The Barcelona Model of Urban Transformation

The Barcelona Model of Urban Transformation

(p.133) Chapter Three The Barcelona Model of Urban Transformation
Thinking Barcelona
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This chapter investigates the Barcelona model of urban transformation in relation to two urban theories: Kenneth Frampton's program of Critical Regionalism, and Jane Jacobs' call for a new urbanism that combats the suburbanisation and monofunctional zones of megacities. It looks at the urban history of modern Barcelona. A close reading of the programmatic texts by municipal urban designer, Oriol Bohigas, is also conducted. This chapter suggests that the ‘Barcelona model’ of urban transformation emerges as an adjustment of the city's fabric and architectural heritage to the new marketing needs.

Keywords:   Barcelona, urban transformation, Kenneth Frampton, Critical Regionalism, Jane Jacobs, urbanism, Oriol Bohigas, municipal urban designer

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