Story of cities #13: Barcelona’s unloved planner invents science of ‘urbanisation’

Constricted by its medieval walls, Barcelona was suffocating – until unknown engineer Ildefons Cerdà came up with a radical expansion plan. Rival architects disparaged him, yet his scientific approach changed how we think about cities

Chantal Akerman: a director with a rare creative vision

From feminist films that stand her alongside film-makers such as Jean-Luc Godard to an enigmatic adaptation of Proust, the Belgian director’s rigour and brilliance survive a fascinating body of work

Chantal Akerman dies aged 65