Places That Should Be Used In SF Movies

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I’m back in London after completing another trip to dig out research material for a book, although some of what I found may never be used. Take my visit to Science City in Valencia. The complex was only recently finished, but has been dogged with scandal throughout its construction. It has sadly become a symbol of profligate spending, financial mismanagement and waste, due to large cost overruns and a large debt burden that is damaging the region.

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Like London’s O2 it is also, in its initial stages at least, failing to find the right purpose, with a poky science museum wedged into its grand spaces. Parts of the building are already in need of repair and it is under-visited. Hardly anyone was there when we went.

And yet – it is amazing. The architects were Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela, who created something futuristic without referencing film images (although the front of the first building does have more than a touch of Darth Vadar about it). Check out some of the photos online that show the city at night.

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Lest you should think they look sterile and dry, there’s planting and parkland built all around it. Both Gran Tourismo 5 and the Disney flop ‘Tomorrowland’ were filmed there. Its vistas are spectacular but awkward and at the moment massively under-utilised. I rarely say this, but it’s one area that could really do with a bit of retail development. Controversy about the usability of public space surrounding the buildings continues. But what a place to sit and dream.

4 comments on “Places That Should Be Used In SF Movies”

  1. Jo W says:

    With all that overspending leaving a huge debt,it is to be hoped that at least some of the millions of unemployed in Spain got a chance to work on the construction of what, is yet, another example of architects being allowed to design something whilst under the influence of mind bending substances. And they persuade someone to fund the building of it !

  2. snowy says:

    Well it looks interesting, particularly the cantilevered arch in the second picture. New buildings esp. those slightly out of the norm sometimes aren’t adopted by people straight away, too strange, too alien. Or the owners have unrealistic visions of what they will allow people to do there.

    There are perhaps parallels between this and the development of the ‘South Bank’ in London. Which after being briefly popular during the ‘Festival of Britain’ was unloved for decades.

    [Not to disparage a nation, but dropping a bucket into the well of memory looking for Spanish scientists does come up completely dry. Painters, Poets, Writers, Explorers, Conquerors, Inquisitors, Despots and Spies all over the place, but of science, not an atom. [Apart from the stuff that came over with the Moors.]]

  3. Vivienne says:

    That third building does look stunning. Many years ago, we were driving through France to a holiday destination and, not knowing of its existence, passed Futuroscope near Poitiers – I think it was only partially finished at the time, but it did look very science fiction. Not sure if that has lasted or now looks a bit dated.

  4. rick drew says:

    Having just discovered the area when I was in London in April, I would have to add Canary Warf to the list. The modern areas and the tube stop look like something out of Logan’s Run

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