Open House Lecture: Diane Davis, Joan Busquets, et al: “Knowledge Transfer in the Design Professions: Learning from Barcelona”

The larger question guiding this panel concerns the transferability of models, ideas, or practices in the urban design professions. Can practices deemed successful in one city be effectively transferred to another? Likewise, can compelling ideas developed in one of the design disciplines (urban design, planning, architecture, landscape architecture) transform practices in the other? Barcelona is world-renowned for both its architecture and its regulatory successes in preserving and expanding public and green spaces, advancing the goals of urban compactness, generating a vibrant urban and cultural economy, and building infrastructure with metropolitan aims in mind. This panel, offering an opportunity for reflection and dialogue among GSD faculty, will take a closer look at the case of Barcelona. Panelists from each of the departments will speak about the city, its influences in their fields, and the larger pedagogy of knowledge transfer in the design professions. Moderated by Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism and chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design; with Joan Busquets, Martin Bucksbaum Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design; Carles Muro, associate professor of architecture; and Chris Reed, AB ’91, associate professor in practice of landscape architecture.

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