Good Design: Barcelona city planning

Eixample via here

A little different from my other good designs, but when I came across this aerial shot of Barcelona's district, Eixample, I couldn't help but be amazed by the clean lines and perfectly arranged streets and really wanted to share it with you all.

From the site:

"Constructed in the early 20th century, Eixample is a district of the Spanish city of Barcelona known for the urban planning that divided the district into octagonal blocks. Influenced by a range of schools of architecture, Eixample was designed in a grid pattern with long streets, wide avenues, and rounded street corners. Despite being in the center of a thriving European metropolis, the district provides improved living conditions for inhabitants including extensive sun light, improved ventilation, and more open green space for public use."

Isn't that awesome? EACH little octagon has a central hub and is set up just to make life better for those who live there. I love that idea.