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Stone, granite and concrete: three images of the urban under Franco

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This article proposes three images of the urban for examining the reconstruction, architecture and planning discourses in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. The city of stone, the city of granite and the city of concrete reveal the Falangists' preference for certain construction materials because of their symbolic and material association with the perceived historical sources of the New Spain the Roman and Hapsburg Empires and the ideal of a technically functional nation. In order to illustrate these images, this article succinctly reviews the post-war transformations of three selected sites: the Avinguda de la Catedral in Barcelona, the Montaa del Prncipe Po in Madrid and the bridges of Bilbao, together with the discourses that accompanied these developments.
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Keywords: Falangist aesthetics; Spanish Civil War; Spanish cities; city images; post-war reconstruction

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: London School of Economics.

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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  • The International Journal of Iberian Studies (IJIS) is the academic journal for scholars from around the world whose research focuses on contemporary Spain and Portugal from a range of disciplinary perspectives. IJIS is interested in history (20th century onwards), government and politics; foreign policy and international relations.
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