This lucid study describes the construction of Barcelona as a succession of episodes, data, dates, facts, details, events and interpretations. A succinct overview of the first 1800 years is followed by detailed engagement with the city's configuration from the 19th century to the eve of the 1992 Olympics.
The lessons of the title are those taught by the author in his Introduction to Urbanism course in the 1980s, each one focusing on a specific episode of importance (e.g. the Junta's roads, motorways and tunnels). Awarded the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona prizze in 1985, this study has been recognised as a masterly conribution to understanding one of the world's most famous cities. The book is not only essential to architecture students but thoroughly accessible to the non-specialist reader.