Here is Architizer’s list of 10 most controversial architectural controversies of 2013. Most will amuse readers unpredisposed to modern architecture. Many are familiar to readers of this space (or its Journal blog predecessor). The last brouhaha (whether they are in any order is anyone’s guess) is Santiago Calatrava – including his hometown Valencia’s suit challenging his own personal war against the economy of Spain. Pictured above is a rendering of Calatrava’s volcano of cost overruns, also known as the PATH rail/subway station at Ground Zero. How do you like my derisive moniker? Not derisive enough? Well, here is the Architizer controversy editor’s take on what, this year alone, is scandalous about him, called “Calatrava … Everything”:
Where to start? First, the owners of Calatrava’s Ysios Winery in Northern Spain went to the Spanish architect, demanding that he give them a better roof. Apparently, Calatrava did not take into account La Rioja’s heavy rains when designing the structure’s wavy, undulating topper. Second, his PATH station at Ground Zero in New York City has gone over budget, numerous times, with costs now estimated to reach about $3.94 billion (from its original budget of $2 billion). And just a few days ago, Calatrava’s hometown of Valencia sued the architect because his City of Arts and Sciences is falling apart, just eight years after completion. Ay Dios mio!