A half-hearted defense of Calatrava
Though easy targets for fiscal hawks, public architecture that’s luxurious and dramatic — even excessive — should be ours as a right.
Owen Hatherly has published a piece praising "white elephant" architectural projects. View full entry
The white elephants and fiscal "black holes" of Spain
"Regional governments enjoy the possibility of spending and inaugurating public works but they don't run the political risk or cost of raising taxes.
— BBC News
Pascale Harter visits Spain where regions are clamouring for money from central government - and one of the reasons for this is their lavish spending on white elephant building projects, such as the airport at Ciudad Real, south of Madrid. View full entry