CERDÀ AND BARCELONA. OPTIMAL LOCATION OF SERVICES AND URBAN PLANNING

Citation:

Pallares-Barbera, M., Badia, A. & Duch, J., 2011. CERDÀ AND BARCELONA. OPTIMAL LOCATION OF SERVICES AND URBAN PLANNING. In Association of American Geographers Meeting. Seattle. Seattle: AAG.

Date Presented:

April 12

Abstract:

In this paper we analyze a case study, Cerdà’s Urban Expansion of Barcelona
(1860). We reexamine Cerdà’s positioning of marketplaces and hospitals using location
theory as well as GIS for data capturing and analysis. In addition, using topographic
map-series we study the developments of the Expansion up to now. We study the
allocation of services in the urban grid as a way of distributing wellbeing among
individuals. The actual evolution of the city through history differed from Cerdà’s
proposal, partly due to unexpected increases in population density, built environment
and larger building occupation size. Nevertheless, Cerdà’s lay-out of streets and
avenues has prevailed. Moreover, later plans of urban expansion and restructuration of
the city have been in line with Cerdà’s ideas. Urban planning is an important factor in
the determination of quality of life and wellbeing. This paper is concerned with a design
of urban environment that seeks better spatial efficiency and social wellbeing.
Keywords. Urban planning, location theory, optimization, wellbeing, GIS, Spatial
Decisions Support System.

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