The new Barcelona

The itinerary opposes radical contemporary architecture with the living industrial heritage of the “Catalan Manchester”, paradigm of the industrial textile revolution of Barcelona, ferment of a new sociology: the Catalan bourgeoisie. Radiant technological corporative glazed architecture live together with brick old factories, now converted into potent museums and universities in the 22@ District, dedicated to knowledge, innovation and new technologies activities. The Forum area, symbolical ending of the paradigmatic Diagonal Avenue that leads into the sea, concludes the route of a new Barcelona.

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Sarriá and Pedralbes, Barcelona garden city.

The old country town, situated at the base of the mountain, is based on a non compact urbanism. Detached houses and mansions, prestigious educative and health centers and a private and introverted life shape a different lonely, garden and textural Barcelona. With country estate holidays history, Sarrià Quarter become into the heart of the present bourgeoisie. The route goes into this urbanism and sociology; it also investigates a fertile laboratory of a rich residential rationalist architecture and its lessons based on dwelling.

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