Barmi is a city that, if existed, we could place it in Southern Europe, near the Mediterranean Sea, from the Iberian Peninsula to the Italian. Nowadays Barmi retains traces of a past which have been shaping her. Like any other city in the Mediterranean area, we can find footprints from the first people who lived in the valley, Roman buildings hidden in medieval houses or even in the modern ones. Remains of the city fort and medieval castles, and the narrow and crowded streets which form the map of the Gothic area.
We can recognize the sixteenth century traders’ palaces and houses that keep growing in height due to the population increase, closed within the walls. New technologies were incorporated and adapted in order to improve production; we go from craft production to manufacturing and later to the industrial production. Barmi still has the buildings that hosted different production systems, which the current political powers and citizens have kept and incorporated as a part of the city’s history. Barmi has grown and gained richness but also suffered armed conflicts and destruction which have changed her appearance.
Through 15 layers of the city’s evolution we intend to raise awareness of the reasons of urban and architectural forms of the cities in the same geographical area.

Jordi Ballonga is the author of the illustrations and holds all intellectual property rights.
These illustrations’ copyright is available for any editor around the world who wants to publish them.

Barmi was published in 1992 in 10 countries and 11 languages:
France: Editions Ouest-France.
Germany: Tessloff.
Great Britain: Wayland Ltd.
Holland: Kinderjury.
Italy: Editoriale Jaca Book.
Japan: 中米ユカタン半島の都市サンラファエル 紀元前3世紀から現代までの変遷史 (図説都市の歴史) [大型本]
Romania: Kiaadja az Akadémiai Kiadó. Budapest.
Spain: Editorial Destino (Catalan and Spanish).
United States: Hougthon Mifflin.

Barmi. A mediterranean city through the ages
The first stable settlements.

                                                     Barmi. A mediterranean city through the ages                                                                                                                   II Century. Roman Colony. Hub of operations.

Barmi. A mediterranean city through the ages
VI Century. (Same illustration, coloured version)

Barmi. A mediterranean city through the ages
Last quarter of the XI Century. Christian culture and feudalism are consolidated.

Barmi. A mediterranean city through the ages
 First half of the XVIII Century. The manufacturing city.

Barmi. A mediterranean city through the ages
First half of the XX Century. Industrialization and population growth.

Barmi. A mediterranean city through the ages
XXI Century.