Start date

July 2024




On campus


2 Weeks


60 Hours

Course Coordination

Tomás Carrascal, Marián Rubio

An experiential learning to analyse urban evolution from the cultural and artistic dimension of a fascinating case study

In recent decades, Bilbao has undergone an intense transformation process, placing itself at the forefront of the most innovative cities in Europe. Its urban planning and its cultural and artistic wealth have been fundamental instruments in its regeneration.  

The Summer Course in Urban Evolution: Art, Architecture and Design invites you to explore and critically analyse this evolution using a specific methodology that you can apply to the study of other cities and geographical contexts. 

This introductory program offers not only classroom content, but experiential learning through visits to art centres, creative spaces or studios, and important architectural structures.  

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Immersion in the artistic and cultural dimension of one of Europe's creative hotbeds to understand the success of urban regeneration processes.

The course is divided between the classroom and visits to creative spaces, artists' studios and important architectural structures.

In this way, it offers a view of the city of Bilbao and its context from “active contemplation”. That is to say, analysing and reflecting on urban culture, history and art, while walking through the city and using tools such as smartphone cameras, sketchbooks or collages to record what is seen and felt.

It is aimed at lovers of the history of art, architecture or design who wish to explore these topics in relation to the context of the city of Bilbao. 

Likewise, it is an interesting course for students of artistic disciplines, Architecture, Design or Cultural Heritage Management.

A formative experience where the city of Bilbao itself becomes the classroom, thanks to a program of visits to those artistic and cultural environments that help define its personality. 

In addition, the experience is complemented with a participatory analysis work and through a methodology that can be extrapolated to other case studies. 


Planning, methodology and tools

Bilbao: previous framework and general context. History and evolution

From prehistoric to modern eye

Aesthetic vision of the city: from historicism to rationalism

Basque industrial architectural heritage

Postmodern Bilbao and trends

Classic art and contemporary art


Tomás Carrascal

Course Coordinator

Marián	Rubio | © IED Kunsthal © Pablo Axpe

Marián Rubio

Course Coordinator