BIA Urban Regeneration Forum announces an international competition of ideas for Elorrieta Waterfront in Bilbao

BIA Urban Regeneration Forum announces an international competition of ideas for Elorrieta Waterfront in Bilbao

The second edition of BIA Urban Regeneration Forum is underway. This event, that will meet in Bilbao more than 300 architects and urban planners to learn experiences in port cities around the world and discuss proposals of recovering waterfronts, has launched an International Competition of ideas for urban planning and design of public space. The area of intervention is located at Elorrieta Riverside, in the city of Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain).

The space to be intervened is placed between subway tracks and a river, between San Ignacio-Elorrieta district and the municipal boundary with Lutxana-Erandio. This area is currently occupied by the municipal waste management service, bus depots, industrial buildings and residential buildings (see map).

Curated by architects Marta González Cavia and Jorge Cabrera, the competition is addressed to students and young architects, posed the comprehensive redevelopment of this area and its integration into the surrounding environment. Special attention should be paid to the quality of public spaces that constitute the waterfront environmental sustainability criteria.

The projects must take into account the previson of a pedestrian bridge linking the area with “Punta Zorrotza”. The “Casa de Bombas”, a newly restored and declared by the Basque Government “building of cultural interest” must also be respected. The buildable space has a total area of 9,500 square meters. 70-80% is residential (720 homes) and at least another 15% will go to green areas and parks.

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The deadline for electronically submitting technical proposals ends on June 24. The jury will select the ten most representative ideas. The selected projects will be presented in a Exhibition open to the public. The winning project will be awarded with the BIA Prize of 3,000 euros. There will be two runner-up prizes of 500 euros. Internet users will be able vote for their favourite of the ten proposals. The winner in this category will receive the BIA Network Prize.

The second edition of BIA Forum will host architecture related activities intended for both professionals and the general public. An international conference with top level speakers, workshops, architectural routes along the river will complete the program of this event. The goal is to involve the public in general in the discussions on the future of the city.

BIA Forum 2016 is an initiative of the Bizkaia´s Delegation of the Official College of Architects Vasco-Navarro (COAVN), with the support of the City of Bilbao and the Provincial Council of Bizkaia.