Pre-Conference Tour: Barcelona Art & Design

The Design Principles & Practices Conference is pleased to announce the Conference Tour.

Join other conference delegates and plenary speakers the day before the conference for a walking tour of Barcelona's Eixample district:

The tour will study the groundbreaking urban plan of Idelfons Cerdá and some major works by Gaudí who led the charge of the modernista architecture movement that proliferates in the neighborhood. Take in a bird’s eye view of the Eixample from the rooftop of the city’s first ‘design hotel’ and study how contemporary architects and interior designers have been inspired by the modernista movement and adapted heritage-listed buildings for striking retail and hospitality projects. Visit the showrooms of several leading Catalan designers and learn how traditional brands have modernized and expanded into a global market via graphic design and communication. End the experience with a drink in a café where the guide will take questions and recommend further places to visit during your stay.

Date: 4 March 2018
Time: 15:30 (3:30 PM)
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Meeting Location: Hotel Omm, Carrer del Rosselló, 265, 08008, Barcelona, Spain (easily reached via the L3 metro, click to view directions)
Cost: US$35

Booking: Booking of the conference tour can be completed upon registration. If you have already registered, please contact us to add this tour to your registration.

Conference Welcome Reception

The Design Principles & Practices Conference is pleased to announce the Conference Welcome Reception.

Common Ground Research Networks and the Design Principles & Practices Conference will be hosting a welcome reception at ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering. The reception will be held directly following the last parallel session of the first day, 5 March 2018. Join other conference delegates and plenary speakers for drinks, light hor d'oeuvres, and a chance to converse.

Date: Monday, 5 March 2018
Time: Directly following the last session of the day
Location: ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering
Cost: Complimentary to all conference delegates

There is no need to pre-register for this event.

Conference Dinner: El Nacional

The Design Principles & Practices Conference is pleased to announce the Conference Dinner.

Join other conference delegates and the plenary speakers for a conference dinner at El Nacional.

El Nacional contains 4 culinary areas and 4 bars, each with its own personality and style contained within a quite extensive complex. However, there is a space that is not seen during a typical visit that reserved exclusively for groups where the best of El Nacional’s extensive culinary offer may be savored: El Magatzem.

The decoration of El Magatzem simulates what its name means in Catalan—a warehouse—with a wall of wooden crates, bottles, and other elements to be found in a place of this name. Your visit will begin with a welcome glass of Juvé Camps, Reserva de la Familia D.O. Cava and a tour taking you to the very heart of El Nacional for an exclusive dining experience.

Begin your meal with a delicious array of starters, including fish and seafood salad, Russian salad, shredded cod with tomato and olive salad, land and sea-style squid, acorn-fed Iberian shoulder ham, and potato chips from Formentera. The main dish will be sea-bream beaked in Ibiza cooking salt. Pair your dinner with one of a number of drink options: Afortunado (Verdejo) D.O. Rueda, Lan D-12 (Tempranillo) D.O. Rioja, Estrella Damm (Mediterranean beer), soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, or tea. The dinner will conclude with a slice of cake for dessert.

Vegetarian alternative is available—please select upon booking.

Date: 6 March 2018
Time: 19:30 (7:30 PM)
Location: Passeig de Gràcia, 24 Bis 08007, Barcelona, Spain (view map)
Cost: US$75

Booking: Booking of the conference dinner can be completed upon registration. If you have already registered, please contact us to add this dinner to your registration.