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BARCELONA & URBANISM a walk around the beginning of urbanism

BARCELONA & URBANISM: Travel with us to the origins of modern Barcelona!

Today we share with you the content of one of our favorite walking tour, BARCELONA & URBANISM, come and meet Ildefons Cerdà, the inventor of the science of urbanism.

This is a trip to the origins of the guidelines laid out by Ildefons Cerdà on the plain of Barcelona. He was responsible for designing a 133m x 133m grid without borders, hierarchies or suburbs that has given Barcelona the status of an advanced city.

In the summer of 1859, a cramped, almost medieval Barcelona embarked on the journey of its expansion plan with the central government’s stamp of approval. The history of the project was marked by two historical events: the first involved the personal achievement of designer Ildefons Cerdà, who went beyond the specific reality of the time and created the General Theory of Urbanization; the second involved the city of Barcelona’s resistance to the plan and the plot to discredit the progressive-minded engineer.

The tour will leave the Plaça Universitat and gradually dive into Cerdà’s grid while we travel in time from the birth of cities to 21st-century Barcelona, through the modern  era, the birth of the railway, the Barcelona model and the 22@ district. We will see the Sant Antoni Market in renovation, the Sant Antoni Library signed by RCR architects pritzker price winners 2017 and we will finish our expedition on the roof of Richard Rogers’ Las Arenes Mall Center, where we will reveal and analyze Barcelona’s future projects.

As we wander through courtyards, avenues and squares to feel the pulse of local Barcelona, we’ll talk about communication and the Internet, ways and byways, enlightened despotism, 22@ and the infinite architectural richness of Cerdà’s Barcelona.

And here you have our Summer tours program.

We have 5 different walks in Barcelona city: 5 urban explorations per week allow us to offer the traveler a polyhedral architectural immersion, beside Custom Tours and all kinds of critical expressions.

BARCELONA & THE MARKET see Barcelona through the eyes of Enric Miralles. Every Monday.

BARCELONA & GAUDI a great start to discover the genius of Gaudí. Every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday as Regular Walking tour. And Monday and Wednesday as a Private Tour.

BARCELONA & THE URBANISM travel with us to the origins of the modern Barcelona. Every Wednesday.

BARCELONA & THE FUTURE CITY walk through the smart city looking for our Future and discover with us the new Superblock at Poblenou. Every Thursday.

BARCELONA & THE SEA discover Barcelona through its architecture. Every Saturday.

In addition to 5 special tours:

BAW & RCR a full day coach excursion to see the most emblematic works of the RCR studio, awarded with the Pritzker of Architecture 2017.

BCN & LANDSCAPE coach tour of the largest urban parks in Barcelona.

GAUDI & MIRALLES a full day coach tour expedition to the Crypt of Colonia Güell by Antoni Gaudi and the Igualada Cementery by Enric Miralles and Carme Pinós.

BCN & MODERNISM  4-5 h expedition, during this tour we will see all the structures of the BARCELONA & GAUDI plus the area of the 1888 exhibition.

BCN & BARCELONA 1929 a tour discovering the projects that were made for the transformation of Barcelona on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1929.

For these 5 special tours contact us here.

Each route is driven by a set of themes and concepts that decode the city whilst stimulating new ways of thinking about and seeing Barcelona. Come and walk with us and live a fantastic experience!!!

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