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Bilbao: The Latest Architecture and News

From Defining the Collective to Creating New Contextual Synergies: 4 Emerging Practices in Europe

Four emerging architecture studio profiles from Switzerland, Germany, and Spain have been chosen by New Generations, a European platform that analyses the most innovative emerging practices at the European level, providing a new space for the exchange of knowledge and confrontation, theory, and production. Since 2013, New Generations has involved more than 500 practices in a diverse program of cultural activities, such as festivals, exhibitions, open calls, video interviews, workshops, and experimental formats.

Shrinking Cities: The Rise and Fall of Urban Environments

Urban planning is often based on the assumption of ongoing demographic and economic growth, but as some environments face urban shrinkage, a new array of strategies comes into play. The shrinking city phenomenon is a process of urban decline with complex causes ranging from deindustrialization, internal migration, population decline, or depletion of natural resources. Referencing the existing research on the topic, the following showcases approaches to this phenomenon in different urban environments, highlighting the need to develop new urban design frameworks to address the growing challenge.

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Apartment Sombrerería / BABELstudio

© Biderbost Photo© Biderbost Photo© Biderbost Photo© Biderbost Photo+ 20

Bilbao, Spain
  • Architects: BABELstudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  162
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021

Resa San Mamés University Residence / Masquespacio

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  • Interior Designers: Masquespacio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  19913 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Complementto, Fatboy, Gerflor, Pedrali, ACB Lighting, +8

Dique 2A Berria Housing Renovation / Behark

© Pedro Pegenaute© Pedro Pegenaute© Pedro Pegenaute© Pedro Pegenaute+ 20

  • Architects: Behark
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  12916 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: JUNG, Baumit, Cortizo, Nemetschek, ROCKWOOL, +1

Houses Z42 / Garmendia Cordero Arquitectos

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  • Architects: Garmendia Cordero arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  240
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Ondarreta

Oslo Cowork / BABELstudio

© Biderbost Photo© Biderbost Photo© Biderbost Photo© Biderbost Photo+ 42

  • Architects: BABELstudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  44
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Enea, Mosaic Factory, ICÓNICO, LuR Bilbao, ProyectaVeta

Mixtape Apartment / AZAB

© Luis Diaz Diaz© Luis Diaz Diaz© Luis Diaz Diaz© Luis Diaz Diaz+ 14

  • Architects: AZAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cinca, EGE, Finsa, Viabizzuno, iGuzzini

Apartamento ready-made / azab

© Luis Diaz Diaz© Luis Diaz DiazApartamento ready-made / azab© Luis Diaz Diaz+ 16

Bilbao, Spain
  • Architects: azab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  90
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Berker, Cinca, HAY, Ikea, Roca, +3

The Unexpected Low-Tech Solutions That Made the Guggenheim Bilbao Possible

Mountain climber installing titanium facade panels during the construction of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Photo: Aitor Ortiz. Image © 2017 FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao
Mountain climber installing titanium facade panels during the construction of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Photo: Aitor Ortiz. Image © 2017 FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao

This article originally appeared on guggenheim.org/blogs under the title "How Analog and Digital Came Together in the 1990s Creation of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao," and is used with permission.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this month, has been hailed as a pinnacle of technological progress since its October 1997 opening. While the use of the modeling software CATIA (Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application) was without question groundbreaking, some of the greatest moments of ingenuity during the building’s design and construction were distinctly low-tech. Developed between 1991 and 1997, the curved and angular titanium-clad building was conceived at the turning point between analog and digital practice. This profound shift enveloped and permeated every aspect of the project, from the design process and construction techniques to the methods of communication technology put to use.

Architectural Adventures: Through Portugal and Northern Spain Architectural Tour

Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural heritage of Portugal and Northern Spain on a once-in-a-lifetime 17-day journey with Architectural Adventures. From historic Lisbon to vibrant Barcelona, visit and explore 14 cities and 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites while enjoying world-class accommodations and fine regional dining. Sip Oporto’s famed port wine, see Santiago’s monumental cathedral, tour the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and see where the bulls run in Pamplona before traversing the breathtaking Pyrenees Mountains en route to Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea.

Drawing Event Will Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

On October 15th four languages, three countries, and three astounding architectural projects will be brought together through a series of events and workshops to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation seeks to commemorate the event with a full day program of activities entitled Drawing the Guggenheim. Visitors can explore and sketch the museums during a variety of public drawing exercises, architectural tours, films and family events at each of the Guggenheim locations.

Plaza del Museo Apartment Refurbishment / PAUZARQ arquitectos

© Xabier Aldazabal© Xabier Aldazabal© Xabier Aldazabal© Xabier Aldazabal+ 14

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Duravit, Plaka, Vilar Albaro

Veiled in Brilliance: How Reflective Facades Have Changed Modern Architecture

Even as modernism promoted the transparency of glass architecture, many within the movement were conscious of the monotony of large glass facades, with even Mies van der Rohe using elements such as his trademark mullions to break up his facades. But in the years since, countless uniform structural glazing skyscrapers have emerged and bored urban citizens. In response to this, unconventional reinterpretations of facades have gained interest.

Accompanied by the belief that light and brilliance could help in creating iconic architecture and a better human world, glass and metal have been innovatively transformed to create crystalline images. As a result, the locus of meaning in architecture has shifted from the internal space-form towards the external surface.

Art Gallery Aldama-Fabré / BABELstudio

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

  • Architects: BABELstudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  57
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Vitoria-Gasteiz Town Hall Offices / IDOM

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

  • Architects: IDOM
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Monocle 24 Reports From Bilbao to Explore Issues Facing City Leaders

For this edition of The Urbanist, Monocle 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.