A research project on the urban symbols of contemporary Basque architecture that aims to explore and illustrate the genesis of some of the architectural milestones and urban architecture pieces that are fundamental to understanding our cities.
The research proposes to explore and illustrate the genesis of some of the architectural landmarks and urban enclaves that are fundamental to the understanding of our cities. The study of two public buildings of similar characteristics was initially proposed: the two facilities that simultaneously house the functions of Auditorium and Conference Center in the capitals of Gipuzkoa and Biscay. In both cases, a comparative critical analysis of the geo-socio-political, urban and architectural processes developed for their achievement is proposed. From the geographical configuration (with its singular situation with respect to the river, the sea and the tombolo, in the case of the Kursaal, and with respect to the estuary, the park and the city, in the case of the Euskalduna), to the variety of buildings that have really, partially or virtually housed these plots, passing through the changes of ownership of the same or the transformation experienced by the physiognomy of their urban contexts.
The study highlights the role of each of the agents and factors involved in the implementation and transformation of our cities, and how they are decisive when it comes to defining future actions and anticipating the transformations to which our cities will be subjected.