A creative waterfront: the district of La Daurade in Toulouse

water59_01_portada-1.jpgby Natalia Juan

 

Abstract

This paper analyses the development and transformation of the district of La Daurade in Toulouse (France) which has an urban perimeter delimited by monumental landmarks that define the profile of the city and its waterfront. Due to its strategic location it has all the key elements that define a cultural district. The quai de La Daurade is the epicentre of this artistic neighbourhood that, over time, has undergone different transformations shaping the character of the area. Around these banks of the Garonne river orbits the activity of this dynamic neighbourhood, which was once the link with this important waterway. La Daurade’s commercial past, very active since the 18th century, had its epicentre in these streets. This circumstance has brought important cultural improvements with the incorporation during the last decades of artistic institutions, which have contributed to the revitalization of the urban fabric. All this has favoured the citizen involvement in certain activities and social events in the neighbourhood. This district is an important artistic and social regenerator, basing in the arts the cultural motor for the development of this part of the city.

Barcelona XVIIIth Century, a landscape under construction

water60_01_01-water.jpg by A. Remesar- M. Ríos

 

Abstract

The processes of industrialization marked strong transformations that led to a new way of functioning of the city of Barcelona and a new organization of the territory and society, despite the defeat of 1714 and the New Plant Decree that turned it into a military plaza surrounded by walls and fortresses that drowned its possible growth. Barcelona was the focus of the Industrial Revolution in Spain. This was part of a process of reconstruction of the city, since almost a third of its surface was used for the construction of the Citadel, with demolition of houses and re-installation of population, while rebuilding the houses affected by the bombings.
The liberalization of commerce between the metropolis and the colonies allowed Barcelona to trade with the Caribbean islands, enabling a commercial flow and capital accumulation processes that would lead to the installation of Indian manufactures and, subsequently, the gradual installation of factories based on the use of the Steam energy. The industrial strength of Barcelona led to the creation of the Royal Board of Trade that encouraged trade while creating a series of schools necessary for the training of the specialized staff claimed by the new industry.
The paper explores how enlightened thinking about city making, will develop a set of legal and administrative provisions that will impact on a substantial change, both of housing and urban form.

The moment of citizenship . Social innovation and urban governance

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A book that shows the richness and diversity of proposals for social innovation in the cities and neighborhoods of Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Zaragoza Continue reading The moment of citizenship . Social innovation and urban governance