From the Foreword by the Mayor of the city of Barcelona, Xavier Trias

Yet the people of Barcelona and Catalonia are also often noted for our innovative and creative talent: the individual contributions of many people which, combined, make up movements that have been at the forefront of economic, social and cultural transformations at an international level. An example of this is the construction of Barcelona as a modern industrial capital: contributions such as those of Ildefons Cerdà in town planning, and Antoni Gaudí in architecture, leading the work of a whole set of architects and engineers who contributed to making Barcelona the global capital it is today.