The Barcelona area is unique in its ability to provide coverage
of many of the major themes of both physical and human geography. There is a
greater variety of landscapes in the Barcelona region than that found between
Ireland and the Caucasus Mountains. For urban geographers, Barcelona provides
what many regard as the world's best example of modern urban regeneration. It is
where Ildefons Cerda first coined the term 'urbanisation' in the construction of
his garden city extension in 1859.
Barcelona's approach to modern urban regeneration is difficult
to overestimate. "What is happening in Barcelona is absolutely a
phenomenon," says Ricky Burdett, director of the Cities Programme at the
London School of Economics and adviser to London Mayor Ken Livingstone.
"Barcelona is the jewel in the crown of urban regeneration," adds
architect Lord Richard Rogers, who headed a task force for the British
government recommending that England embrace more than 100 measures first tried
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