City Skyline: Madrid

In Issac’s presentation he talked about the contrast between the La Sagrada Familia and the modern building (sorry I don’t know what it’s called) as the sort of history of the city and it made me think of the Madrid skyline. It’s few skyscrapers seem out of place and many of them sit somewhat empty because the real estate bubble burst and companies are moving to the outskirts where it’s cheaper. These skyscrapers to me seem like Madrid’s attempt to be like a modern American city when it’s not and that’s why I think it looks so awkward. But this goes along with Harvey’s idea that architecture needs to be a speculation, so perhaps Madrid’s skyline rather than looking at it’s past is trying to look at its future (although I really hope not).



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