Five Cities Elevated by UNESCO “City of Design” Status

V&A Museum of Design planned for Dundee (click image for more). Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates

Dundee, Bilbao, Curitiba, Helsinki and Turin are often considered the cultural epicenters of their respected countries. Therefore it is no surprise that these five metropolises are the latest to achieve ’s status. Joining a list of 12 other cities, the newest selections are being recognized for the international influence on design. By awarding them “” status, hopes to help further the development of creative industries and encourage cross-city cultural exchange in each selected metropolis.

San Mames Stadium / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: San Mamés, 48013 , Biscay, Spain
Project Director: Oscar Malo
Main Architect: César A. Azcárate Gómez
Deputy Architect: Diego Rodríguez
Area: 114500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Airtor Ortiz

Policemen House / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

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Architects: Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Location: Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay,
Architects In Charge: Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
Area: 12792.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Aleix Bagué, Juan Rodríguez, Courtesy of

Textured Tower / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

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Architects: Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Location: Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay,
Architects In Charge: Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
Area: 556.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Juan Rodríguez

Firemen House / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

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Architects: Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Location: Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay,
Architects In Charge: Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
Area: 14870.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Juan Rodríguez, Aleix Bague

Norman Foster Receives Inaugural BIA Award in Bilbao

Norman Foster has been rewarded for his work on Metro . Image © Flickr CC User Jacqueline Poggi

On the 26th of September, Norman Foster will be at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao as the inaugural recipient of the very first BIA (Bilbao Bizkaia Architecture) Award. Recognizing Foster’s contribution towards the development of Bizkaia through architecture and urban regeneration, the prize highlights Foster’s iconic original design for the Metro Bilbao stations in the Basque Country.

20 Scholarships the AA BILBAO Visiting School: COMPUTING TOPOS III 2014 / Bilbao, Spain

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AA Visiting School is an international network of design workshops and other programs organized by the  School of Architecture. This event will be realized in Bilbao, between July 23 and August 5.

AA Visiting School will give away 20 scholarships for those interested in attending. If so, you need to send your CV/portfolio and a description explaining why would you like to attend the event.

The workshop will explore the question of ‘place’ or ‘topos’ and its radical transformation in the recent years due to the proliferation and availability of environmental parameters. The rise of digital methods in architectural design as well as simulation platforms for environmental analysis, have produced a renewed interest in the relationship between architecture and phenomena and in particular into the possibility of the integration of environmental aspects into the design process. Nevertheless, approximation means to environmental phenomena in relation to urban morphology need to be further explored to mediate between sophisticated simulation platforms and design agendas, beyond reductionist definitions of the environment.

COAS Offices and Headquarters / Otxotorena Arquitectos

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Architects: Otxotorena Arquitectos
Location: Bilbao, Biscay,
Collaborator Architect: Lander Berasategui
Area: 875 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rubén Pérez Bescós

Historical Archive of the Basque Country / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: Calle de María Díaz de Haro, 3, 48013 , Biscay, Spain
Project Architect: Gonzalo Carro
Project Director: Gonzalo Carro
Area: 8550.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

Indautxu Square / JAAM sociedad de arquitectura

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Architects: JAAM sociedad de arquitectura
Location: Museo Plaza, Bilbao, Biscay,
Architect: Ander Marquet Ryan
Project Area: 18,500 sqm
Photographs: Elker Azqueta

Sede Banco Arquia / NO.MAD

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Architects: NO.MAD
Location: , Biscay, Spain
Architect In Charge: Eduardo Arroyo
Collaborators: David Rodríguez, Luis Arroyo, Margarita Martínez, Alfonso Navarrete, José López
Quantity Surveyor : José Miguel Ortega, Igor Ortega
Structure: Alfonso Robles
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

House in La Bilbanía / Foraster Arquitectos

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Architects: Foraster Arquitectos
Location: Bilbao,
Area: 545.07 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joseba Bengoetxea

AD Classics: The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao / Frank Gehry

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Set on the edge of the Nervión River in ‭, ‬Spain, the Guggenheim Museum is a fusion of complex‭, ‬swirling forms and captivating materiality that responds to an intricate program and an industrial urban context‭. ‬With over a hundred exhibitions and more than ten million visitors to its recognition‭, ‬‮’‬s Guggenheim Museum not only changed the way that architects and people think about museums, but also boosted ’s economy with its astounding success‭.‭ ‬In fact‭, ‬the phenomenon of a city‮’‬s transformation following the construction of a significant piece of architecture is now referred to as the‭ ‬‮“‬ Effect‭.‬‮”‬‭ ‬Twenty years on, the Museum continues to challenge assumptions about the connections between art and architecture‭ today.

Living Architectures: Gehry’s Vertigo / Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

Fourth project of the Living Architectures series, Gehry’s Vertigo offers to the spectator a rare and vertiginous trip on the top roofs of the Guggenheim Museum of . Through the portrait of the climbing team in charge of the glass cleaning, their ascensions, their techniques and difficulties, this film observes the complexity and virtuosity of ’s architecture.

AA Bilbao Visiting School: “Computing topos II”

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The is a worldwide network of design workshops and other programmes organised by the Architectural Association School of Architecture.The event will take place in Bilbao from July 22nd to July 31st, focusing on new lectures over territory.

We have two scholarships for our readers interested on this activity, you just need to send us your CV/portfolio and a statement explaining why you would like to participate in this event. For more details read below.

Fronton Bizkaia / Gastón & Ruiz Pardo

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Architects: Gastón & Ruiz Pardo
Location: Bilbao,
Architect In Charge: Javier Gastón, Marcelo Ruiz Pardo
Technical Architect: Juan Luis Urresti
Collaborators: David Gastón, Carolina Lombana, Carlos Viladoms, Daniel Alvaladejo, Naia Landa
Area: 24011.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jesus Granada, Jorge Allende

Nerua Restaurant / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao,
Architect In Charge: César Caicoya Gómez-Morán
Design Team: Beatriz Pagoaga, Oscar da Costa
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

Zero Space & VIP Lounge / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao,
Architect In Charge: César Caicoya Gómez-Morán
Design Team: Beatriz Pagoaga
Lighting Consultant: Susaeta Prolighting
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz