Normally monuments are exceptions and generators of the urban plan, but in Ildefons Cerdà’s Eixample in Barcelona the dominant type of city, the urban block, subsumes any other types. For example the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi can be seen less as a monument than a church subjugated to the block structure, with its plan developed from the cloister and not a Gothic church.
Cerdà defined the blocks as pieces of public infrastructure through the concept of ‘interway’, which is distinct from the isolated block structure and islands that Rem Koolhaas discovered in Manhattan, raising the question of what a new urban idea of the interway could be.
Church as Urban Generator
Church as Exeption in Urban Plan
Block vs Cerdà’s Interway
The Block: Cerdà vs Rem
Eixample: Block Variation
Eixample: Sagrada Familia as Block-Landmark
Sagrada Familila: Church as Cloister – Plan Adaptation
Sagrada Familia: Cerdà’s Urban Plan of Interway
Sagrada Familia: Gaudi’s Urban Plan
Cerdà vs Gaudi’s Urban Plan: Reconceptualisation of the Public