The Bay Urban Visioning Awards aim to become a platform for sharing knowledge, connecting urban visionaries, and showcasing the pioneering projects and initiatives that might point us to a brighter tomorrow. Applications for the inaugural Bay Awards are open until 10 June 2024.
What are The Bay Awards?
The Bay Urban Visioning Awards recognize pioneering solutions to today’s most pressing urban challenges which have the potential to encourage and inspire all those around the world concerned with cities. They will be chosen based on their originality and significance in creating longer-term impacts for their city-regions.
A Bilbao Metropoli 30 initiative
Bilbao Metropoli 30 is a public-private association founded in 1991, which brings together almost 140 public entities, private companies and social organizations. Our goal is to address jointly the ecological, economic, cultural and social well-being of the Bilbao metropolis in the future, as well as to encourage transformative projects that would help us achieve this mission.
Bilbao Metropoli 30 was one of the catalysts of the joint public, private and civic efforts that enabled Bilbao to reemerge from a period of deep economic, political and social crisis. Now we are ready for the next challenge.
The Bay Awards will honor pioneers in five categories:
Horizon Shaper Award
Partners in Progress Award
SDG Champions Award
Prosperity Catalyst Award
The Bay Urban Pioneers Award
Why The Bay Awards?
We need to address the imperative needs of our cities and metropolises in a radical and disruptive way. These challenges are not impossible to address, but we cannot wait any longer. We need an URBAN REVOLUTION.
The Bay Awards aim to spark and strengthen radical and consensual actions and measures between cities, regions, organizations and people around the world to push for a completely different status quo and build our collective capacity to respond to today’s pressing urban challenges.
Why in Bilbao?
It is no coincidence that this initiative is taking place in Bilbao. The revitalization process of Metropolitan Bilbao over the past thirty year has been internationally recognized as a successful model of transformation from an industrial region to a modern cultural metropolis. This process proved that an urban revolution is possible, but this journey is not over – neither in Bilbao nor anywhere else around the world. Safeguarding ecological, economic, cultural and social well-being is an ongoing task that requires collective action.