Apr 26, 2017
Marta González Cavia, a 2016 Sylff fellowship recipient under the new financial scheme at Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain, visited the Tokyo Foundation with her PhD supervisor, Professor Fernando Bayón, on April 18, 2017. She is currently conducting research on the reinvention and regeneration of industrially obsolescent waterfront areas of Bilbao in an attempt to add new values as an urban public space. González is an architect who has long been actively involved in urban regeneration.
Bilbao in northeast of Spain developed as a center of the country’s steel industry beginning in the early twentieth century. Following the decline of the industry, the city has been transforming itself to a city of art and culture, as symbolized by the opening of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 1997. In this context, the transformation of waterfront areas is providing a unique opportunity for the city’s future development.
The regeneration of such areas is often dominated by economic interests, leading, at times, to increased social tensions when nearby urban dwellers suffer a decline in living standards. González thus sought to integrate such urban spaces into the city’s identity and create new value while at the same time upgrading the living standards of local residents.
The Tokyo Foundation wishes her great success in her research and career pursuits.