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Trading properties after the earthquake: the rebuilding of eighteenth-century Lisbon

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This paper introduces the innovative system used in the reconstruction of Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake. Its findings are based on original documents that offer a detailed picture of the principles and methods established to convert the land and properties of the old city into the new and standardized gridded Plan. Implemented in the mid-eighteenth century, the methodical system outlined was, undoubtedly, an important point of reference for the large-scale urban improvement and redevelopment operations that would follow in nineteenth-century Europe.

Keywords: Baixa Pombalina; earthquake; eighteenth century; planning ordinances; reconstruction; urban history; urban planning

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Departament d'Urbanisme i Ordenacio del Territori, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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