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Suzana Ruiz Senior Technical Officer at the Bilbao City Council Speaks at the AoU Congress in Cork

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Join us at the AoU Congress to hear Susana Ruiz, Senior Technical Officer at the Urban Planning Office of Bilbao City Council, explain the incredible physical, social and economic interventions behind Bilbao’s remarkable transformation.  Suzana Ruiz will speak at the The Annual Congress in Cork,  27-30 June 2018.

Rewind to the 1980s and Bilbao was a city on its knees due to a global shift in industrial manufacturing that brought a significant downturn to much of Europe. From this nadir Bilbao set about plotting a new path to success by investing in a more sustainable urban environment, high quality and accessible social and cultural infrastructure, and the wholesale regeneration of its industrial waterfront (€1,000 million invested) – what it refers to as the backbone of the city. But perhaps its masterstroke was the creation of clever new fiscal policies that allowed the city to invest heavily in its future while working towards running debt-free – which it has done since 2010.

Today Bilbao is a thriving city for its citizens and the millions of tourists who flock to its world-class culture. Last year the Academy awarded Bilbao its European City of the Year, with judges noting its commitment to social inclusion, strong leadership and intelligent policies, and the quality of its design and architecture.

Bilbao panorama by Bastian

It is no coincidence that Bilbao will present their story in Cork – a city comparable in many ways and which seeks to emulate some of their success. But what are the lessons for other cities of this size and scale?

About Susana Ruiz Fernandez - Architect, Urban Planning Office, City of Bilbao
Susana is Senior Technical Officer at the Urban Planning Office of Bilbao City Council. Previously she was project manager in strategic planning and operations at the Department of housing in the Basque Government. She has a degree in Architecture from the University of Navarra and a Masters in Town Planning and Real State Valuations from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She is currently studying a degree in Environmental Sciences.

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For further information visit https://congress.academyofurbanism.org.uk/

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