Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia

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David Wilson on March 25, 2009

The 'underpass'/dropoff road on the other side of the pond from the the Science Museum.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 27, 2009

Thanks for the info David. Having seen various shots of this amazing structure, I was not surprised to learn that the designer is "Calatrava", a visionary, whose creative design is beyond compare.

Is this you ?


David Wilson on June 27, 2009

No, thats my Dad. Personally I think Calatrava is a prime supplicant at the altar of the great god Onan. His structures make good photographs, and garner a great deal of 'ooh Ahh!'admiration for the maestro, as no doubt intended, and which I'm sure he enjoys, but as an architect - a designer of buildings which are fit for their purpose - he's completely hopeless.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 27, 2009

That may be true , I have no opinion on the suitability of his building designs, never having been near one, however his bridges are something else!!

David Wilson on June 27, 2009

"however his bridges are something else!!"

yes... massively over-engineered, and in the case of those at the City of Arts and Sciences, utterly pointless as well - pedestrian underpasses would have sufficed.

Give me Norm's Millennium Bridge any day... even if it was a bit wobbly at first! Elegant minimalism.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 28, 2009

Why bother taking photos if you denigrate his work so much??

Can't see the point really!!

David Wilson on June 28, 2009

As I said, the megalomania of Calatrava produces interesting structures to photograph - I just think that they are very bad architecture. Not fit for purpose. The Science Museum in the Ciudad des las Artes y las Sciensas is probably the worst science museum on the planet. What does it contain? What can it contain? The ammount of floor and wall space for display is pathetically small in relation to the size of the building. Endless cubic meters of useless space. An enormous cantilevered viewing platform with a view of a huge shallow pond which nobody is now allowed to walk on. The building has been so expensive to erect and maintain that I suspect there is no budget for exhibits.

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