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Art Gallery Aldama-Fabré / BABELstudio

05:00 - 2 April, 2016
Art Gallery Aldama-Fabré / BABELstudio, © José Luís Revuelta
© José Luís Revuelta

© José Luís Revuelta © José Luís Revuelta © José Luís Revuelta © José Luís Revuelta +15

Vitoria-Gasteiz Town Hall Offices / IDOM

05:00 - 28 March, 2016
Vitoria-Gasteiz Town Hall Offices / IDOM, © Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz +28

  • Architect

  • Location

    Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
  • Lead Architect

    César Azcárate Gómez Jesús Armendáriz
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photography

Monocle 24 Reports From Bilbao to Explore Issues Facing City Leaders

04:00 - 7 October, 2015
Monocle 24 Reports From Bilbao to Explore Issues Facing City Leaders, Guggenheim Bilbao / Frank Gehry. Image © Andrea Ciambra
Guggenheim Bilbao / Frank Gehry. Image © Andrea Ciambra

For this edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team visit BUILD: the Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues. This event gathers civic leaders and philanthropists to a discourse about how cities are, and should be, run. In this two-part broadcast from the conference itself, Monocle explore how Stuttgart have been accommodating an unprecedented number of refugees, how Poland is using transport infrastructure to revitalise the city of Łódź, how Pittsburgh is a poster-city for resilience, and why Atlanta wants its citizens to take charge of their city.

Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been

09:30 - 21 September, 2015
Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been, Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In It’s A Wonderful Life the film’s protagonist George Bailey, facing a crisis of faith, is visited by his guardian angel, and shown an alternate reality where he doesn’t exist. The experience gives meaning to George’s life, showing him his own importance to others. With the increasing scale of design competitions these days, architectural “could-have-beens” are piling up in record numbers, and just as George Bailey's sense of self was restored by seeing his alternate reality, hypothesizing about alternative outcomes in architecture is a chance to reflect on our current architectural moment.

Today marks the one-year-anniversary of the opening of Phase 3 of the High Line. While New Yorkers and urbanists the world over have lauded the success of this industrial-utility-turned-urban-oasis, the park and the slew of other urban improvements it has inspired almost happened very differently. Although we have come to know and love the High Line of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in the original ideas competition four finalists were chosen and the alternatives show stark contrasts in how things might have shaped up.

On this key date for one of the most crucial designs of this generation, we decided to look back at some of the most important competitions of the last century to see how things might have been different.

Joseph Marzella's second-place design for the Sydney Opera House. Image via The Daily Mail Designs for the Chicago Tribune Tower by Adolf Loos (left) and Bruno Taut, Walter Gunther, and Kurz Schutz (right). Image via skyscraper.org Design for the High Line by Zaha Hadid Architects with Balmori Associates, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and studio MDA. Image via University of Adelaide on Cargo Collective Moshe Safdie's design for the Centre Pompidou. Image Courtesy of Safdie Architects +16

Carreras Múgica Contemporary Art Gallery / Estudio Herreros

05:00 - 13 August, 2015
Carreras Múgica Contemporary Art Gallery / Estudio Herreros, © Adrià Goulà
© Adrià Goulà

© Adrià Goulà  © Adrià Goulà  © Adrià Goulà  © Adrià Goulà  +15

Five Cities Elevated by UNESCO “City of Design” Status

00:00 - 4 December, 2014
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
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 UNESCO’s City of Design status. Joining a list of 12 other cities, the newest City of Design selections are being recognized for the international influence on design. By awarding them “City of Design” status, UNESCO hopes to help further the development of creative industries and encourage cross-city cultural exchange in each selected metropolis. 

San Mames Stadium / ACXT

01:00 - 20 October, 2014
© Airtor Ortiz
© Airtor Ortiz
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Mamés, 48013 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Project Director

    Oscar Malo
  • Main Architect

    César A. Azcárate Gómez
  • Deputy Architect

    Diego Rodríguez
  • Area

    114500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Airtor Ortiz © Airtor Ortiz © Airtor Ortiz © Airtor Ortiz +39

Policemen House / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

01:00 - 8 September, 2014
Policemen House / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, © Aleix Bagué
© Aleix Bagué

© Juan Rodríguez © Aleix Bagué © Juan Rodríguez © Aleix Bagué +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
  • Area

    12792.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Aleix Bagué, Juan Rodríguez, Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

Textured Tower / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Textured Tower / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
  • Area

    556.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Juan Rodríguez

Firemen House / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
Firemen House  / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

© Juan Rodríguez © Juan Rodríguez Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos © Juan Rodríguez +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
  • Area

    14870.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Juan Rodríguez, Aleix Bague

Norman Foster Receives Inaugural BIA Award in Bilbao

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Norman Foster Receives Inaugural BIA Award in Bilbao, Norman Foster has been rewarded for his work on Metro Bilbao. Image © Flickr CC User Jacqueline Poggi
Norman Foster has been rewarded for his work on Metro Bilbao. 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

00:00 - 2 July, 2014
20 Scholarships the AA BILBAO Visiting School: COMPUTING TOPOS III 2014 / Bilbao, Spain, © AA Visiting School
© AA Visiting School

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

COAS Offices and Headquarters / Otxotorena Arquitectos

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
COAS Offices and Headquarters / Otxotorena Arquitectos, © Rubén Pérez Bescós
© Rubén Pérez Bescós

© Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós +17

Historical Archive of the Basque Country / ACXT

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
Historical Archive of the Basque Country / ACXT, © Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz +49

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle de María Díaz de Haro, 3, 48013 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Project Architect

    Gonzalo Carro
  • Project Director

    Gonzalo Carro
  • Area

    8550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Indautxu Square / JAAM sociedad de arquitectura

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
© Elker Azqueta
© Elker Azqueta

© Elker Azqueta © Elker Azqueta © Elker Azqueta © Elker Azqueta +17

Sede Banco Arquia / NO.MAD

01:00 - 11 November, 2013
Sede Banco Arquia / NO.MAD, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bilbao, 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
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Casa en la Bilbanía / Foraster Arquitectos

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
Casa en la Bilbanía / Foraster Arquitectos, © Joseba Bengoetxea
© Joseba Bengoetxea

© Joseba Bengoetxea © Joseba Bengoetxea © Joseba Bengoetxea © Joseba Bengoetxea +19

AD Classics: The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao / Frank Gehry

01:00 - 1 September, 2013
AD Classics: The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao / Frank Gehry, © Flickr User: RonG8888
© Flickr User: RonG8888

Set on the edge of the Nervión River in Bilbao‭, ‬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, ‬Frank Gehry‮’‬s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao not only changed the way that architects and people think about museums, but also boosted Bilbao'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 ‬‮“‬Bilbao Effect‭.‬‮”‬‭ ‬Twenty years on, the Museum continues to challenge assumptions about the connections between art and architecture‭ today.

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