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Calatrava Takes the PP to the Cleaners/CALATRAVA S’ENDUU EL PP A L’HORTA

Calatrava Takes the PP to the Cleaners

The beached whale of the City of the Arts and Sciences. Below: The president of the Valencian government Camps (right), resigned for corruption, personally commissioned Calatrava (left).

 

Architect Santiago Calatrava –born in Benimamet in the Horta de Valencia and with a PhD from ETH, Zurich, where he lives with his Swedish wife- has found how to exploit the rock solid provincialism of the corrupt Valencian PP, paying him billions for prestige projects which are of no use.

Stunning bridges, airports and daring buildings have made him famous around the world, but now Santiago Calatrava is facing fierce criticism for his dealings with the local government in his home region of Valencia. Calatrava has charged €100 million to the Valencia government, via an unpublicised negotiating system establishing his payments as a percentage of the final cost of each project, which doubled or tripled in respect to the original budgets. The criticism comes as Spain’s regional governments struggle to justify a series of architectural white elephants, including museums and empty airports, built during a decade-long economic boom. Calatrava’s dazzling City of the Arts and Sciences, a series of space-age buildings in Valencia, is at the centre of the complaints about his dealings with a local government mired in corruption cases – none of which involve the architect. The new website http://www.calatravatelaclava.com d’Esquerra Unida del País Valencià alleges that the culture campus has cost €1.1 billion so far and is still unfinished with various problems in the ever-expanding centre. Calatrava also earned several million euros from the regional government for designing projects that never came to fruition. Today the City of the Arts and Sciences is sinking under its own excesses. That is where the architect died and the businessman was born. The loss-making complex has done nothing to improve the reputation of Valencia’s government, whose large budget deficits made bonds ratings agencies reduced it to junk status.

(“Architect Santiago Calatrava accused of bleeding Valencia dry. Leftists accuse top architect of raking in escalating amounts of cash from regional government to build giant cultural park,” by Giles Tremlett, The Guardian, 8 May 2012)

Calatrava s’enduu el PP a l’horta

El president de la Generalitat de València Camps (dreta), dimitit per corrupció, contractava a dit Calatrava (esquerra). Primera foto: La balena ensorrada de la Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciències.

 

L’arquitecte Santiago Calatrava -nascut a Benimàmet a l’Horta de València i doctorat a l’ETH de Zurich, on viu amb la seva dona sueca- ha sabut explotar el provincianisme petri del corrupte PP valencià que li ha pagat milers de milions per projectes de prestigi que no serveixen per a res.

 

Impressionants ponts, aeroports i edificis atrevits l’han fet famós a tot el món, però ara Santiago Calatrava s’enfronta a fortes crítiques pels seus tractes amb el govern de la seva regió natal de València. Calatrava ha cobrat €100 milions de la Generalitat Valenciana a través d’acords no fets públics establint que la seva minuta seria un percentatge del cost final de cada projecte, duplicant i triplicant així el pressupost original. L’escàndol surt quan les autonomies espanyoles estan intentant justificar la seva despesa descontrolada en arquitectura de prestigi, com els museus i aeroports buits construïts durant el boom econòmic que ha durat una dècada. L’enlluernant Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències de Calatrava, una sèrie d’edificis futuristes a València, centre l’enrenou sobre les seves relacions amb una Generalitat embolicada en casos de corrupció -cap d’ells impliquen l’arquitecte. El nou lloc internet d’Esquerra Unida del País Valencià http://www.calatravatelaclava.com al·lega que el campus  cultural ha costat €1,1 mil milions fins ara i encara no està acabat, amb problemes que s’acumulen en un centre que segueix ampliant-se. Calatrava també ha cobrat bastants milions d’euros de la Generalitat per dissenyar projectes que mai han estat realitzats. La Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències s’està enfonsant sota els seus propis excessos. Aquí és on l’arquitecte ha mort i l’home de negocis l’ha reemplaçat. El complexe generador de pèrdues no ha contribuit res a millorar la reputació del govern valencià, amb el seu enorme dèficit pressupostari i la qualificació de les agències de crèdit al nivell de bons escombraria.

(“Architect Santiago Calatrava accused of bleeding Valencia dry. Leftists accuse top architect of raking in escalating amounts of cash from regional government to build giant cultural park,” per Giles Tremlett, The Guardian, 8 maig 2012)

12 May 2012 - Posted by | Culture/Cultura, Economy/Economia, Politics/Política | , ,

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