Lord Foster receives inaugural BIA Award in Bilbao

Lord Foster receives inaugural BIA Award in Bilbao

Lord Foster will be presented with the first BIA (Bilbao Bizkaia Architecture) Award for his contribution to Bilbao’s urban regeneration at an event in the Guggenheim Museum this evening. The biennial award recognises individuals who have contributed to the development of Bizkaia’s society through architecture and urban regeneration. The BIA is supported by Bilbao City Council and was set up by the Bizkaia Delegation of the Basque-Navarre Institute of Architects (COAVN) and its newly formed organization, Bilbao Bizkaia Architecture (BIA).   Lord Foster:   “The experience of the Bilbao metro project was very rewarding – in all kinds of ways. The regeneration of the city is the most tangible expression of the optimism of the people of Bilbao. The enlightened approach to investing in the city’s future made it a great privilege for me to be involved in the project. The very fact that an international competition was held to find an architect for the metro system is proof of the city’s scale of vision and the insistence on world-class quality, which characterises all of its civic projects of recent decades. I am very proud that the ‘Fosteritos’ have since become such a much-loved symbol of Bilbao, and I am honoured to receive this inaugural BIA Award.”   Notes to editors: BIA website: http://biarchitecture.org/en/bia-award/ Project: Bilbao Metro   Lord Foster: Norman Foster is founder and chairman of Foster + Partners, a global studio for architecture, design and engineering. Over the past four decades the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and ecology through a wide range of work, from urban masterplans to offices, cultural buildings, airports and...
Over 300 leading architects and urban planners to meet in Bilbao at the BIA Urban Regeneration Forum from tomorrow onwards

Over 300 leading architects and urban planners to meet in Bilbao at the BIA Urban Regeneration Forum from tomorrow onwards

Carlos Ferrater, Adriaan Geuze and Umberto Napolitano are among the speakers that will discuss what the cities of the future should be like   The event will kick off with a day dedicated to Mexico, the guest country at this first Forum   After two days of meetings, the Forum will be brought to a spectacular close with Norman Foster receiving the I BIA Award   The BIA platform (Bilbao Bizkaia Architecture), dedicated to stimulating architecture and urban planning in the province of Bizkaia, will gather together over 300 architects, urban planners and engineers who, under the ‘Towards Living Cities’ slogan, will discuss the challenges facing the cities of the future.The international figures at the first BIA Regeneration Forum will include Carlos Ferrater, who designed the residential blocks next to the Iberdrola Tower or the IMQ Zorrotzaurre building; Adriaan Geuze, a member of the West 8 team and whose work includes the River Manzanares park development in Madrid; and Umberto Napolitano, from LAN Architecture, tasked with the refurbishment of the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées.The forum will get underway with a day dedicated to Mexico and end with Norman Foster receiving the I BIA Award on Friday 26th.   Tomorrow, Wednesday, the Iberdrola Tower will be the scenario for the opening of the Congress with a session dedicated to Mexico, which will involve the participation of a delegation of representatives of the Mexican government, of architects’ associations and companies.The presence of professionals of the ilk of Felipe Leal, the architect of the García Márquez Studio, the Rossi House and the Puma Store; or Fernanda Canales, who received a lifelong achievement...
BIA brings the former La Naja station back to life ahead of the Urban Regeneration Forum

BIA brings the former La Naja station back to life ahead of the Urban Regeneration Forum

This is the only opportunity that the public will have to visit this space, which closed 14 years ago, and see the transient refurbishment (which will only be open for two weeks until 28 September) that the architects have created over the old tracks:a space for leisure activities that will stretch to the terrace overlooking the river to show the possibilities of this “forgotten yet striking place”.   This BIA SPACE:NAJA + TAO Architectural Lighting with Idar Group  WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will  be the setting for the Bizkaina Architecture Interpretation Centre, a Young Architects contest-exhibition and meetings between students and leading architects.  These cultural activities will be in addition to those that the BIA has already been organising for two weeks.   The first Urban Regeneration Forum, which will be held on the 24 and 26 September, will gather together over 300 leading architects, engineers and urban planners.During the forum, Norman Foster will receive the I BIA Award in recognition of his work.   After being abandoned for fourteen years, La Naja Station will once again be open to the public as the nerve centre for the activities being organised throughout the month by  Bilbao Bizkaia Architecture (BIA) – the platform to disseminate and promote the architecture of Bizkaia –  as part of the first Urban Regeneration Forum.  The summit will gather together over 300 leading architects, engineers and urban planners and Norman Foster will receive the I BIA Award in recognition of his work during a ceremony to be held at the Guggenheim Museum on 25 September.  The platform has chosen this “forgotten yet...