This high quality puzzle reproduce the plan drawn in 1859 by the city planner Ildefons Cerdà (1815-1876) for the improvement and enlargement of Barcelona. Until the XIX century the growing city was hemmed in by the ancient walls with overcrowded housing and health problems. The city density was, at the time, one of the highest in Europe.
Today is still clearly visible the focus that Cerdá given to create the main infrastructure in order to design a wellbeing city whit a large and regular road network which could be at the base of virtually endless territorial development. The “chamfered corners”, that are typical Barcelona marks, allowed the city growing during more than a century without changing it’s main character.