SHARE Workshop, ELIA conference, London, May 12th, 2012

This blog has been created in connection to the Workshop “Art and Architecture: Constructing Transdisciplinary Knowledge Spaces” organized by the SHARE project which takes place Saturday, May 12th, 2012 during the ELIA conference in London. The purpose of the blog is to introduce the topics discussed in the workshop and to foster a discussion about them.

In the workshop, we presented the doctoral program “Knowledge Representation in Architecture”, which was carried out during the period 2002-2009 in the School of Architecture La Salle from the Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona.

The purpose of this doctoral program was to build an interdisciplinary knowledge space resulting from the interactions between architecture and other disciplines.

The interactions were structured around these themes: form, image, space, method and system. These universal categories, which are present in any discipline, facilitate the exchange of knowledge among them. What comes out from this exchange is a transdisciplinary knowledge which surpasses the previously established disciplinary boundaries.   Transferring forms of thinking from one discipline to another, identifying recurring methodological approaches, and devising systems of inquiry which encompass multiple research strategies are some of the outcomes of the knowledge exchange across disciplines.

This document summarizes the theoretical background of the  PhD program “Knowledge, Representation, Architecture” its contents and pedagogic objectives. Besides, this workshop presentation was prepared from the same document.

Participants are invited to engage in a discussion on the significance of transdisciplinarity as a strategy to bring together art with other related fields, in research as well as in education.

Discussion topics have been grouped in two blocks: one block of four questions regarding the definition, creation, implementation and integration of transdisciplinary spaces, and a second block dedicated to the categories of thought which make the theoretical framework of the PhD program.

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