VALENCIA SPAIN. Santiago Calatrava, born in Valencia in Spain is an organic architect who finds his inspiration in the human body and in nature and, because of his background in both architecture and engineering, he has learned to combine sculptural concepts with technology to create designs that are both visually striking and structurally daring. Calatrava learned through his father the fact that people can be very clever and do very good business, but being an artist is a superior thing. When he and his father visited La Longja, Valencia’s Silk Exchange and later on the Notre Dame in Paris in the morning when the sun was entering through the south rose window he realized he wanted to become an architect. He said: "This is when architecture can be king and give people sensations, like music". The City of Arts and Sciences is an entertainment based cultural and architectural complex. It is Valencia’s most important tourist destination and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain and is situated at the end of the former riverbed of the river Turia which was was turned into a picturesque sunken park.

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