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Conference 'Barcelona Project: Leading the Way out of the Crisis'

Wednesday 22 February 2012

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Programme|

PowerPoint Presentation| by Antoni Vives and Vicente Guallart

In collaboration with:
Ajuntament de Barcelona

15.00-16.00 Workshop The return of the City-State: the future of democracy?
Chair: Professor Ian Gordon (Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE)
Speaker: Antoni Vives (Barcelona's Deputy Mayor for Urban Habitat)

Abstract: Cities are the real ecosystem regarding human development; they have been the cradle of culture and western democracy. The increasing social, cultural and economic complexity in the world has transformed the units of this system. Cities have become centres for hope but also for democratic struggle. They are nowadays the converging point of private and public competences where different debates emerge, from how our streets should be to how we believe we should educate ou children. All this may sound as something new… or maybe not! The "polis" is back.

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Antoni Vives and Prof. Ian Gordon

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Part of the audience

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People were particularly interested in the presentation by Toni Vives, during which he presented the concept of the 'City Protocol'

16.30-17.30 Workshop Urbanism is over, long live the City Protocol
Chair: Professor Ricky Burdett (Global Distinguished Professor, New York University, and Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age)
Speaker: Vicente Guallart (Barcelona's Chief Architect)

Abstract: The old urbanism, all the knowledge put forward by someone like Idelfons Cerdà, offered new ways of configuring the city: the Industrial Revolution changed the way of designing public places and streets. Nowadays, the technological and information revolution has changed the channels we use to communicate, but not the shape of our cities. Barcelona presents the City Protocol as a step forward in order to work for the future of cities, from Barcelona to London, from Tokyo to Moscow.

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Vicent Guallart and Prof. Ricky Burdett

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The second session attracted various architects and city planners from the UK

18.00-19.30 Public lecture Leading the way out of the crisis? The Barcelona solution?
Speakers: Antoni Vives (Barcelona's Deputy Mayor for Urban Habitat) and Vicente Guallart (Barcelona's Chief Architect)
Chair: Professor Paul Preston (Chairman of the Catalan Observatory, LSE)

Abstract: Barcelona has established a Mayor's Deputy Office focused on Urban Habitat. This department is designing the future of the Catalan capital using revolutionary criteria in order to renovate the classical concept of the 'city'. The goal is to offer a sustainable and replicable road to solve the crisis that affects western countries.

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Moment during the presentation (photo by LSE Enterprise in Spain) 

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Audience during the public lecture     

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