CALATRAVA, Santiago and Elias MAS SERRA

Bilbao 2000

Date: Friday 5 May 1995
Time: 18:00
Running time: 67 mins

Bilbao is to undergo a significant transformation by the year 2000. The city, located on the coast of northern Spain, is to become a centre for European trade, tourism and culture, with projects including a new Conference, Music and Performing Arts Centre, the building of the American Guggenheim Museum of Art, and changes to the old dock areas. Most of the millennial schemes are being undertaken by internationally known architects. In an event that coincides with the exhibition 'Bilbao 2000: Architecture and Regeneration in Bilbao' at the Royal Festival Hall Galleries, Dennis Sharp introduces presentations from two of the key figures involved in the city's redevelopment.

Elias Mas Serra, Director of Architecture and Planning for Bilbao, discusses the strategic plans, projects and proposals for urban regeneration in the city.

Santiago Calatrava, architect and engineer, presents his designs for two Bilbao projects: the Campo Volantin Footbridge and the Sondica Airport Terminal and Control Tower.

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The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

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