Cerda Chamfre

BARCELONA URBAN DESIGN TILING EXERCISE

Based on the urban plan for expanding Barcelona from the 1800’s by Cerda, we explore the formation of patterns based on urban pressures.

The manual exercise suggests an automated evolution exercise, where random degridation of the city grid, via density un-fill, creates opportunity for the inclusion of novel pathways and urban places. These placas would want to serve density, and face “like” sides. Thus, the city pressures of decay match the infilling that completed the Eixample grid. This pattern would create local equilibria, that via a poisson-pattern of natural decay would thus destabilize and restabilize.

This idea takes elements from Conway’s Game of Life, the tiling game Carcassonne, and De Landa’s city energy meshworks.