The BBVA Foundation publishes an Atlas surveying the architecture of the world since 2005 with the aid of 40 expert contributors and 400 photographers

Forty expert contributors and just under 400 photographers have documented the world architecture of the early 21st century across four volumes – Asia and Pacific; America; Africa and Middle East; and Europe. The series Atlas. Architectures of the 21st Century, published by the BBVA Foundation and released simultaneously in two editions – English and Spanish – proposes an itinerary extending to over one thousand projects, of which 237 are illustrated and described in detail.

Symphony orchestras take stock of current challenges at the 2nd AEOS-Fundación BBVA Conference: falling attendances, an aging audience, and a deficit that cannot be made up from ticket sales

“Most Spanish symphony orchestras are in danger of disappearing through lack of funds. There have already been cases of temporary layoffs, and in some regions, orchestras have been placed under the control of different entities, raising doubts about their long-term survival.” This is the disquieting picture drawn by Ana Mateo, acting president of the Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestras (AEOS), at the press conference preceding the 2nd AEOS-Fundación BBVA Conference on “Symphony Orchestras: Their Triumphs and Challenges,” to be held today and tomorrow in the Marqués de Salamanca Palace, Madrid headquarters of the BBVA Foundation.

Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock

The Fundació Joan Miró presents Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock, an exhibition curated by Magnus af Petersens and organised in conjunction with the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, with the sponsorship of the Fundación BBVA.

Andreu Mas-Colell, Francisco González and Jaume Freixa inagurate the exhibition Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock

Andreu Mas-Collel, Minister of Economy and Knowledge with the Catalan Government, Jaume Freixa, President of the Board of Trustees of Fundació Joan Miró, and Francisco González, President of the BBVA Foundation, met in Barcelona this afternoon to inaugurate Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock, open to the public from October 24.

Carver Mead: “Researchers who are not in touch with the real commercial world risk becoming obsolete and missing opportunities.”

In the course of his career, electrical engineer Carver Mead, BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge laureate in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), has never perceived “a sharp boundary between research and applications.” His own research has given rise to over eighty patented inventions and he has founded some twenty companies. At the press conference preceding the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards ceremony – to take place tomorrow evening – Mead argued that “basic research is absolutely essential for economic success,” while warning that the relation between the two can be the object of encouragement but never force: “Some investors in science think that innovation can be planned and that is a mistake. At the very most, it can be helped along.”

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