Utopianism, paternalism and the myth of progress were the ideological foundations underpinning the formation of company towns. These communities, which emerged at the turn of the nineteenth century, were dependent on a single company for all or most of the necessary services or functions of town life. This article explores the aspects of company town life that were received and implemented differently depending on the cultural and geographical context. In particular, this article examines the emergence of two company towns that were established in the same period but in two distinct geographical contexts: Piazzola sul Brenta in the Veneto region of Italy and Borgonyà in Catalonia, Spain. While the development of these two company towns relied on the same ideals of social and technological progress, the visions of their respective companies, the site of their construction and the topographies of their locations differed significantly. These modernist new towns are examined through key factors that reflect the owners’ and city planners’ faith in social and technological progress, such as the exploitation of water, the construction of railways and moral paternalism. These features are analysed by reflecting on the meaning of space in specific contexts. Piazzola sul Brenta and Borgonyà were experimental spaces that their designers and owners used to achieve ephemeral social, political and cultural goals that allowed me to examine both the ways and the spaces in which knowledge and ideas were received and how different types of knowledge and ideas were transformed and realized.
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