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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán
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 Bilbao. 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 Frank Gehry’s architecture.
The AA Visiting School 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.
Architects: Gastón & Ruiz Pardo
Location: Bilbao, Spain
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
Photographs: Jesus Granada, Jorge Allende