Barcelona: Block City

Yuwei Wang:

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

Interway Elements
Interway Criteria

Interway Arrangement

 The Block: Cerdà vs Rem

Barcelona Eixample

Eixample Development

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

Transformation of the Urban Block
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