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15 May 2015

A book discloses unpublished documentation on the urban development of the Raval in the 18th century

At midday today, in the framework of International Museum Day, the Agbar Foundation presented the book "La Urbanització del Raval de Barcelona a final del segle XVIII. Clavegueram, empedrats i societat" [The urban development of the Barcelona Raval district at the end of the 18th century. Sewerage, paving and society], by the Italian Philology lecturer Júlia Benavent.

The author of the book and Manuel Guàrdia - historian, architecture lecturer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and author of the prologue - assessed the importance of the work presented today. "Thanks to the chance discovery in the Royal Library of Madrid of unpublished documents on the work carried out on the sewerage and paving of the Raval district in 1787, belonging to Francisco de Zamora, a judge in the Royal Court of Catalonia, the author has been able to reconstruct the precarious life of the people who lived there due to the insalubrious nature of the streets, the undignified living conditions and the marginalization of its inhabitants” explained Manuel Guàrdia.

For her part, Júlia Benavent highlighted the discovery of this dossier of unpublished documents, “among more than 20,000 letters, in which Francisco de Zamora presents a draft on the sewerage, drainage and paving work of the Raval district of Barcelona, which has allowed us to discover the sewerage, drainage and paving project for different streets in this neighbourhood and the creation of schools for girls, which this illustrious figure promoted at the end of the 18th century”. The unique nature of this documentation has allowed us to know the details of a project which was a precursor of Cerdá and García Faria, the real architects of the modern, liberal and utilitarian city represented by the Eixample.

The book inaugurates the collection ‘Water and history’, published by the Agbar Foundation, and was presented today in the Àgora Agbar of Cornellà de Llobregat “coinciding with International Museum Day”, as indicated by Ignacio Escudero, Director General of Aigües de Barcelona.

The event culminated with performances by the violinist Sara Cubarsi, winner of the El Primer Palau 2013 award and of the Catalunya Música award, and by the pianist Carles Marigó, the winner of various national and international piano and composition awards.

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