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Less than an hour ago, The Academy of Urbanism, headquartered in Great Britain, just designated Bilbao the 2018 European City of the Year. San Sebastian received this award in 2016.

There were two other finalists, including Ljubljana and Vienna, and at the gala being held tonight in London, the jury just announced their choice for this year’s award is the Basque city.

To decide which city would win, the Academy sent delegations to visit the three finalist cities recently.

David Rudlin, chair of the Academy, said: “Bilbao is a great example of the wholesale transformation of a former industrial city – not just physically, but socially, economically and culturally. The rejuvenation it has achieved over the past 30 years is nothing short of remarkable. All of this has been achieved through bold and effective leadership, the likes of which has seen the city run debt-free since 2010.”

The Academy of Urbanism – 9/11/2017 – Gran Bretaña

Bilbao wins European City of the Year at 2018 Urbanism Awards

Bilbao has been named European City of the Year at the 2018 Urbanism Awards. The Spanish city fought off strong competition from fellow finalists Ljubljana and Vienna after a summer of assessment visits and subsequent vote by Academicians. The award was collected by the city’s Mayor, Juan Marí Aburto, who delivered a seminar on the reasons behind Bilbao’s success.

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The Academy of Urbanism – 2017 – Gran Bretaña

Learning from Europe: speakers from Bilbao, Ljubljana and Vienna announced

The Academy is delighted to announce the speakers that will represent this year’s three European City of the Year finalists at our Learning from Europe seminar. Taking place immediately prior to the Awards Ceremony – and with the key result to be announced – this is a fantastic opportunity to find out how these three distinct, vibrant and successful cities have achieved economic, social and physical change over the past few decades.

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