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Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura

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Promenades and boulevards of the Enlightenment in the Basque Country

The construction of the first green spaces in our cities coincided with one of the most prolific and unitary periods of Basque architecture, a time of urban revival promoted by the Enlightenment, which was held between the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th century. 

At the same time as our cities were being ennobled with urban projects and neoclassical architecture built in just a few decades, with a common idea of architecture that still today unifies and embellishes the urban landscape of our capitals and towns, a more fragile and subtle urban transformation – for that no less transcendent – spread throughout practically our entire territory, embellishing not only the big cities, but also the towns and even the rural villages: the promenades, avenues and tree-covered fields built outside the city walls for the usage of new social customs of the time, defined for the first time a transition between our cities and their surrounding territory. These represent the most tangible result of this inflection in urban consciousness driven by Enlightenment ideas and were often the origin of the extensions that enlarge our cities, giving their historic centers their present form.

Organizer: ETSA UPV/EHU

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