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How a Spanish city revived itself

SPAIN'S Bilbao will showcase how the city government restored its economy by building a modern art museum to attract tourists from across the world.

The city encountered an economic depression in 1980s after flooding and the collapse of traditional industries.

The government invited United States architect Frank Gehry to design and build the Guggenheim Museum as well as launching a citywide renovation to turn the city into a tourist attraction.

The exhibition at the Expo features a model of the city which will illustrate the changes it has seen over a period of 30 years.

Bilbao will share a pavilion on the Puxi side of the Expo site with Paris and Osaka.


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