Barcelona is an amazing city in many ways!
It has an interesting history of urban development as well. Museu D’Historia De Barcelona released an interactive map combining 26 maps of the city throughout its history. It overlaps loads of information about urban development starting from 150 AD to 2010.
In 1859, the medieval-era walls that had surrounded Barcelona since the 13th and 14th centuries had already started to come down. In this year, the city approved an expansion plan proposed by Spanish urban planner Ildefons Cerdà, which was hailed as “one of the most revered international examples of modern planning and urban design” by Judith Urbano, an architecture professor at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. It laid the foundations of modern Barcelona. (CityLab)
Check the website here!
Istanbul Urban Database is an excellent work and amazing database for urban researchers and activist alike.
an accessible, interactive mapping platform for historians, architects, city planners and other researchers to examine and contribute to the collective memory of Istanbul. This project is a sustainable platform that blends a wide range of historical data, and is the most comprehensive online archive of Istanbul’s urban history. (Istanbul Urban Database)
It is an ongoing project developed by Nil Tuzcu, a researcher based at MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Istanbul Urban Database currently has 8 categories: base maps, transportation, photos, major roads, spaces of everyday life, housing, master plans, and growth: Base maps include aerial photos, Jacques Pervititch insurance maps which were drawn between 1921 and 1946, and several Ottoman era maps provided by the Harvard Map Collection. (Istanbul Urban Database)
A massive thank you to Nil for developing such a platform for urbanist and urban historians.
Barricade in Spartacist Uprising, Berlin (Image Credit: Guardian Cities)
Guardian specialist locates WWI photographs into Google Street View. Worth to check!