Arquitectura e higiene. Lavaderos públicos y salubridad en el siglo XIX: el caso de Granada

Daniel Jesús Quesada Morales


Hygienism, which was a theoretical movement developed in the early 19th century by the hand of liberalism, focused on improving the health standards of cities and their inhabitants. The alleged hygienists considered illness a social phenomenon and advocated for achieving minimum hygiene and sanitary conditions in homes and in workplaces, including in public laundries, focusing on providing clean water, sanitation, illumination, air circulation and the control of epidemics. By the latter part of the 19thcentury it was obvious that the city’s diverse population did not have equal access to water, drinkable water was scarce and of low quality, and, furthermore, the city’s waste water system was insufficient. These three basic problems formed the core of the hygienist philosophy, in vogue among the social reformers of the time, and it was characterized by the construction of communal laundries in Granada, as buildings that would provide public services for its citizens.

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Hygienism; public laundries; Granada; 19th century

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