Hailed as an “Instant landmark,” Frank Gehry’s Bilbao Guggenheim brought a new sense of relevance to architecture in the transformation of urban landscapes. Gehry’s optimistic artichoke amid Bilbao’s postindustrial ruin has become an icon of what architecture can do for a city decline. As a result, every city has dreamed of its own Guggenheim effect. This volume gathers, artists, architecture critics, urban planners, art historians, and others to discuss the various aspects of the Bilbao Guggenheim.
Papers given at the conference held April 22–24, 2004, Reno, Nevada. The conference focused on discussion of the “Guggenheim effect” five years after the opening of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, and reflected on its influence on art, architecture, museums, and urban renewal.