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UNESCO, Seville and contemporary architecture in historic cities

Friday, September 27th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12021" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="This view of the Seville skyline shows the Giralda (left) and Puerta Triana (centre) dwarfed by the Pelli tower"] [/caption] Last week, I attended a three-day UNESCO "International Meeting" (ie mini-conference) in Seville on "Contemporary Architecture in Historic Cities", with speakers from the UK, USA, Netherlands, China, ...

UNESCO news: Seville not on danger list, but Doñana heading that way

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11317" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Now the tallest building in Seville, after 800 years with the Giralda dominating the skyline: the 178-metre Torre Pelli."] [/caption] Last week saw two of Andalucia's UNESCO World Heritage sites in the news for two very different reasons: Seville, whose new (and first) skyscraper, the Torre Pelli, ...

Great news for Seville’s medieval heritage!

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9991" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Atarazanas in Seville, Royal Shipyards dating from the 13th century, will be turned into a cultural centre. The mighty brick pillars may be excavated as part of the new project - more than half their height is buried underground."] [/caption] A few months ago, I posted ...

A bitter blow for the Atarazanas of Seville

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8880" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Atarazanas of Seville - the Royal Shipyards: their future is now in doubt."][/caption] Every city has its well-known sites - in the case of Seville, the Giralda, Cathedral, Alcazar, Plaza de España - and its less-visited monuments. One of my favourites of these, here in Seville, ...

Semana de la Arquitectura in Seville: Torre del Oro

Monday, October 1st, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8110" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="The Torre del Oro, one of the symbols of Seville - it was built by the Almohads in 1220."][/caption] Today is the first day of La Semana de la Arquitectura in Seville, an annual event which sees members of the public given tours of buildings around the ...

UNESCO’s verdict on the Torre Pelli: STOP NOW!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

In a recent newspaper poll, 25% of people wanted construction of the Torre Pelli to be halted (it currently has 15 storeys out of the planned 40, and measures around 60 metres). However a massive 62% preferred that the project continue as planned. This highly controversial building in Seville, designed by ...

Seville in danger of losing World Heritage status?

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4099" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Aerial view of the Torre Pelli. Photo Cesar Pelli"][/caption] For some time, controversy has been raging in Seville over a 178-metre tower which is being built for Cajasol bank. The architect is Argentinian Cesar Pelli, so it's known locally as the Torre Pelli. At one point, UNESCO ...

Towering egos

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

If you live in Seville, or nearby, or indeed even if you don't, you may well have heard about the continuing controversy over the Torre Pelli, the Pelli Tower. This 178-metre structure - designed by the Argentine architect, Cesar Pelli, as a headquarters for Cajasol bank - is threatening to ...