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  • Perfect blue skies and beautiful weather couldn't be better. Our class lead us to the Port Olympic area of Barcelona, checking out the architecture and spaces of the area.

    One of the running themes for me, which has been true with the city of Barcelona, is how every day is different, and every place I go is different.

    I've had a chance to see a few places in the city, notably the area around my house by Sarria / Tibidabo, la ciutat vella (the old city), and the area in between (l'eixample or the grid), and it is incredible how many different styles and examples of different urban design. Not only does the city have the whole range of urban panning textbook examples, but these also range over time, for the centuries the city has developed and evolved.

    After thinking about the growth, it is interesting how the city, when released from it's medieval walls in the mid 1850's, it beg ran to accelerate in how it grew. It seems as if the city has proportionally grown in relation to technological and theoretical innovations in architecture, city planning, and cultural aspects.

    It truly is an architectural playground, and today expanded that into urban planning. We spent our day seeing modern park designs that would be acceptable in the American suburbia. It doesn't fit with the centuries old buildings and cobblestone pathways of the old city, and doesn't even fit with the decades old L'Eixample. But, it does, because it's here.
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