Are Spain's Futuristic New Arts Centers Turning Into White Elephants?
"Chief among these is Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela's City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, completed in 2005 to widespread praise. Costing €1.1 billion, it nonetheless failed to provide a massive compensatory visitor influx for its price, even while beaches nearby heave with pasty North European bodies. ... Meanwhile, in Galicia, Santiago de Compostela's City of Culture, which opened last year, has also signaled an end to the era of look-at-me public projects."
The Atlantic 09/25/12