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BILBAO URBAN EVOLUTION

Bilbao today is a prime example of urban restructuring, having transitioned from an industrial city to a city of services and culture.

Discover the urban evolution of Bilbao visually and intuitively by taking a historical look at the most relevant projects undertaken in the process.

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In project

Bilbao's transformation has no start and end date, but rather is an ongoing process.

Learn about the projects that will become the new landmarks to consolidate Bilbao as a leading city in urban planning and architecture.

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New constructions

For some time now, Bilbao has been unveiling significant urban and architectural novelties.

This section will provide full detail of recent endeavours which are already a part of the New Bilbao.

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Heritage buildings

Bilbao has taken great pains to preserve its heritage as much as possible, making renovating and preserving Bilbao's historic buildings a key aspect to combining the new architecture with that of inspired artists of yesteryear.

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STARS OF THE ARCHITECTURE IN BILBAO

Modern architecture has raised twenty-first century Bilbao off the ground. As great national and international architects -many of them recipients of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize- left their mark in the form of modern works of art.The city's commitment to world-class architecture is self-evident and has been successful.

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05/12/2010

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Urban Surgery

Moving the railway tracks underground was a key step in regaining urban surface space, making it possible to develop the districts of Abandoibarra, Ametzola, and more recently, the Basurto district as far as Rekalde.

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Hence, one could certainly speak of urban surgery, since entire areas have been dissected with the goal of providing a greater degree of mobility for leisure and social activities. To that end, it was fundamental to realize some notably not so decorative activities in the short-term, and having to put up with open trenches and associated inconveniences to ultimately achieve a reborn city.

When Bilbao was an industrial centre, the railway used to enter right into the heart of the city. However, following the industrial crisis of the 80s, it became patently apparent that the railway tracks had to be moved underground throughout the city, continuing to be just as useful, albeit silent and invisible. So, on 3rd March 1999 the train began running on its new subterranean route and, while the old surface tracks between the area of Doña Casilda Park and the station of La Naja were simultaneously being pulled up, since, by then, they served no purpose but to separate the city from its river.

So, on 3rd March 1999 the train began running on its new subterranean route and, while the old surface tracks between the area of Doña Casilda Park and the station of La Naja were simultaneously being pulled up, since, by then, they served no purpose but to separate the city from its river.

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