Santiago Calatrava and the ‘power of faith’: global imaginaries in Valencia

Tarazona Vento, A. (2015) Santiago Calatrava and the ‘power of faith’: global imaginaries in Valencia. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39(3), pp. 550-567. (doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12217)

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Abstract

The focus of this article is on the importance of collective imaginaries for urban policy mobility, and on the agents and modes of power through which imaginaries are translated, mobilized and become materialized in specific places. Through the case study of the monumental complex of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, designed by Valencian global architect Santiago Calatrava, I discuss Calatrava's mobilization of ideas of modernity, tradition, democratization and self-esteem already present in the collective imaginary of the people and the politicians of post-Franco's Spain to promote his global architecture. In this process, I argue, global imaginaries were translated into local imaginaries and vice versa as they became embodied in persons and objects, represented in this case by Calatrava's figure as a local/global architect and by the architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences. Particularly, I analyse Calatrava's use of the power of seduction, persuasion and coercion to mobilize such imaginaries in order to build his ubiquitous signature architecture in Valencia.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tarazona Vento, Dr Amparo
Authors: Tarazona Vento, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0309-1317
ISSN (Online):1468-2427
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Urban Research Publications Limited
First Published:First published in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 39(3):550-567
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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