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Title: The CerdàPlan for the Extension of Barcelona: A Constructivist Analysis of a Town-planning Controversy
Authors: Aibar Puentes, Eduard
Keywords: Town planning
Issue Date: 2012
Type: Conference lecture
Citation: Aibar, E. (2012). "The CerdàPlan for the Extension of Barcelona: A Constructivist Analysis of a Town-planning Controversy". A: Technology, the Arts and Industrial Culture. 39th Annual meeting of the International Committee for the History of Technology, 10-14 de juliol.
Abstract: This work applies a social constructivist perspective to the analysis of a town-planning innovation. In particular the social construction of technology framework (SCOT), proposed by Trevor Pinch and Wiebe Bijker, is used to explain the dynamics of the design and implementation processes of a huge town-planning project. The so-called Cerdà Plan for the extension of Barcelona, designed by a civil engineer, Ildefons Cerdà (1815-1876), was launched in the 1860s and gave this city one of its most characteristic features, affecting some present districts of Barcelona. For different reasons it can be considered an extraordinary case in town-planning history, where technical, professional, political, and economical forces were quite explicitly struggling to influence the final project. The author analyzes the intense controversy that developed around the extension plan and the three technological frames involved ¿ the controversy was particularly heated from 1854 to 1860 although most of the issues at stake were still being debated at the beginning of the XX century. Town planning is understood here as a form of technology and the city as a kind of artifact. Social relevant groups are identified and described and some processes of interpretative flexibility around specific features of the plan are also analyzed. The sociohistorical account is used to illustrate a specific concept of power, to be used in a politics of technology.
Description: Peer-reviewed
Language: eng
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