The Valencia opera house designed by Santiago Calatrava

The Valencia opera house designed by Santiago Calatrava

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The Tragedy of Valencia: Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is in hot water for issues with the design of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. The latest problem is the removal of mosaic tiles in high winds, causing a panel of experts to confirm last week that all tiles must be removed. The removal will cost the cash-strapped city around €3 million (nearly $4.1 million) and must be completed before opera season begins in late February. Valencia is suing Calatrava for his flawed design—and that isn’t the only lawsuit the architect has faced in recent months. [The New York Times]

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