Manuela Gatto, Joan Busquets, Rinio Bruttomesso and Rita Justesen will take part in the BIA Forum Congress

Manuela Gatto, Joan Busquets, Rinio Bruttomesso and Rita Justesen will take part in the BIA Forum Congress

Renowned architects and town planners will discuss in Bilbao on new scenarios around water (waterfronts)

Bilbao, May 25, 2016.

Prestigious architects and urbanists will participate in Bilbao in Congress BIA Waterfronts. This Congress will take place on 14 and July 15. At the congress there will be a debate on new scenarios around water. Some of the participants are: Manuela Gatto, who worked with the renowned Zaha Hadid in the Zorrozaurre project; Joan Busquets, professor at Harvard University, protagonist in the urban transformation of Olympic Barcelona ; Rita Justesen, from the office planning Copenhagen; and Rinio Bruttomesso, vice president and scientific director of RETE, an international association for collaboration between ports and cities.

The scientific nature conference will take place over two days. Its headquarters will be the Bizkaia Aretoa (Paraninfo UPV/EHU) and the Bilbao headquarters of the Delegation of the Official College of Architects Vasco-Navarro (COAVN). The congress program includes lectures by renowned professionals. It shall also be communications of researchers and students selected by the Scientific Committee.

It is already confirmed the presence of Rafael Temes from Valencia and Sebastiano Provenzano, from Palermo.

Accepted papers will be included in a digital publication. The publication will be distributed on CD or USB Drive and through the website of the BIA. The deadline for submissions of papers for the sessions of Congress ends on June 3.

The event meet next July in Bilbao more than 300 architects and urbanists to share experiences in port cities around the world and discuss proposals to recover docks, river banks and coastal areas. These are areas are often extensive and complex, and this situation involves transformation processes that last for decades.

The second edition of BIA Forum will host architecture related activities intended for both professionals and the general public. In addition to this international conference with top level speakers, BIA will host 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, the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, the Basque Government and the firm Tecuni.