Places That Should Be Used In SF Movies
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.
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.
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.