Bordeaux will be the guest city invited in the second edition of BIA Urban Regeneration Forum. The French capital will receive one special prize of the meeting. BIA Congress will meet in Bilbao more than 300 architects and urban planners to discuss the new urban scenarios around water. The congress will take place next July.
BIA Forum 2016 recognizes the good work done in Bordeaux to regain its waterfront. A process of urban regeneration that is a reference for quality.
Since 1990, Bordeaux has undergone profound urban transformation. Bordeaux is, today, one of the most attractive cities in France. The regeneration of the banks of the Garonne River was a key project. This action was supported by the Mayor Alain Juppé.
Bordeaux has resolved brightly the new socio-economic context of port-city relations. The City is now integrated on the Garonne River and the river is integrated into the city. Bordeaux has regained the river frontage. Since that moment Bordeaux has undergone a remarkable process of urban transformation.
The occupation of land released by the port have led to various urban proposals. There is a landscape restoration of the new reconquered margins. There are residential uses and also spaces for economic activities and collective infrastructures in the new districts.
BIA Forum highlights the similarities in urban regeneration between Bilbao and Bordeaux. The two cities has been revitalized by their urban waterfronts. In the two aforementioned cases there is a metropolitan fluvial axis that divides and unites the districts on both river banks.
To talk about Bordeaux and its resemblance to Bilbao’s case will participate in BIA, among other architects and urban planners, Michèle Larue-Charlus, Director General of Development of Bordeaux, and Nicolas Michelin, author of homes and business premises in the colossal neighborhood “Bassins to Flots”, north of the city.
BIA Forum 2016 is an initiative of the Delegation in Bizkaia of the Official College of Basque-Navarrese Architects (COAVN). This Congress is supported by the City of Bilbao and the County Council of Bizkaia. Their goal is to involve citizens in discussions on the future of the city.