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The second edition of the BIA Urban Regeneration Forum focuses on urban water scenarios. One of the on going main transformations of our cities is the waterfront redevelopment.

The expiration of the lifetime of harbour and industrial facilities leaves strategic areas for urban redevelopment and opens new perspectives onto urban regeneration. The new vacant areas are usually large, complex and filled with conflict. The transformation of this liberated soil requires processes over decades. Long term leases, the presence of toxic waste, the need of alternative port and industrial areas lead to the need of large investments and convert these urban core areas into true challenge for urban regeneration.

As a continuation of the previous edition, we wonder what role do these scenarios of water play in the naturalization of the city. Usually urban waterfronts are artificial sites gained to watercourses. When the redevelopment is undertaken, usually the intensification of the occupation is assumed. What are the alternatives? Is it possible the land assign to nature by retreat of the urbanized surface? What are the advantages to be gained in terms of environmental quality and safety against flooding?

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).


Bordeaux is the guest city in the second edition of BIA Congress. Its model of urban revitalization of the waterfront will recieve a special prize.

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.

The recovery of port cities, subject of the second edition of BIA Urban Regeneration Forum

The promoters of BIA (Bilbao Biscay Architecture) have presented the Second Edition of BIA, Urban Regeneration Forum. BIA was born with the aim of promoting architecture and urbanism in Biscay. The presentation has taken place on World Water Day. The event will gather next July in Bilbao more than 300 architects and urban planners to share experiences about port cities around the world, and discuss about docks recovery plans, river banks and coastal areas (waterfront areas).

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).



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