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Revitalizing Lille and Bilbao

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On March 11th, researcher Thomas Werquin will give a talk on responding to the decline of industrial cities through major urban projects. His presentation, entitled "Les grands projets urbains comme réponse au déclin des villes industrielles", will focus on two projects: France's Euralille and Spain's Abandoibarra, home of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

In the 1980s, to stop the decline of Lille and of Bilbao, public stakeholders invested massively in very ambitious urban projects with two main objectives: create conditions favourable to new economic activity and destroy their image as a city in decline.

To accomplish this, the municipalities turned to some of the greatest architects of the time, such as César Pelli, Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster, Frank O. Gerry and Christian de Portzamparc, who built museums, offices, housing and metro stations.

Hydro-Québec Amphitheatre, Room 1120
Faculté de l'aménagement de l'Université de Montréal
2940 Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Tuesday, March 11, at 5 p.m.