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Planning and seaside tourism: San Sebastia´n, 1863–1936

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This paper offers a case study in the planning of a distinctive kind of town, the seaside resort, whose significance on the map of urban Europe increased dramatically during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It examines the development of the first large Spanish town to develop this function and looks critically at the role of planning on the distinctive Spanish ensanche model in San Sebastián's sustained growth and success between the demolition of the old town walls in the mid-1860s and the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. It draws particular attention to the strong drive to zoning and control in the original Cortázar plan and the greater diversity and looseness of the developments that followed.

Document Type: Regular Paper


Publication date: January 1, 2002

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