Cultural History of Early Modern European Streets by Riitta Laitinen, Thomas V. Cohen, Riita Laitinen

By Riitta Laitinen, Thomas V. Cohen, Riita Laitinen

In city lifestyles streets are elemental, yet city heritage seldom locations them at centre level. It has a tendency to view them as mere backdrops for occasions or social family members, or to review them as fabric buildings, the fruit of city making plans, yet principally vacant of population. reading humans and streets in tandem, the writers the following try in the direction of extra built-in city heritage. They speak about the social and political strategies of early smooth highway lifestyles, and the discursive play during which streets figured. Six chapters, established in Sweden-Finland, England, Portugal, Italy, and Transylvania, talk about the sophisticated interaction of fabric and immaterial, of private and non-private, of deliberate order and flexible, spontaneous invention, of keep watch over and resistance, all issues valuable to how streets labored. individuals of this name contain: Emese Balint, Maria Helena Barreiros, Elizabeth S. Cohen, Thomas Cohen, Alexander Cowan, Anu Korhonen, Riitta Laitinen, and Dag Lindstrom.

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4. Eugénio dos Santos, Section through one of the main streets showing the division of the road into sidewalks (. ), the width and height of the sewer in the middle of the street (. ) with the courtyards that will exist in the middle of the houses for the purpose of light and for the disposal of waste water (. ), 1756-1758, Arquivo Histórico do Ministério das Obras Públicas, Lisbon. 45 (Fig. 5) 45 Two foreign examples of urban renewal are referred to by Manuel da Maia in his Dissertação, Part II, § 3, 11, and Part III, § 14, 15, 1756: London’s reconstruction after the Great Fire of 1666 and the extension of Turin (a three-phased process dating from 1620, 1673 and 1714).

Once again city dwellers were using the public space to spend an important part of their lives: leisure and social intercourse took place in public spaces now equipped for that purpose, a complement to the limitations of bourgeois apartments. With one essential difference: throughout the Ancien Regime, public space was the realm of lower classes; during the 19th century, it partly became the promenade and meeting place of wealthier inhabitants, as well as the daily thoroughfare of the less wealthy.

38 maria helena barreiros The architectural and urban renovation and the social and cultural transformations after 1755 were a fundamental stage of this process of change. Without the Pombaline urban revolution, the old regime would have died anyway and Lisbon would have still become a bourgeois South European capital—but at a slower and smoother pace. Its material shape would have long remained close to medieval urban patterns. Pombal, Manuel da Maia and the team of military engineers and architects who designed and built modern Lisbon after 1755 set the architectural and urban framework of the city’s development for the century to come.

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