Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 21, 2021

City of Arts and Science

Valencia, Spain

You'd be forgiven for thinking that you're looking at the headquarters of the united federation of planets in some distant galaxy. In fact, this is the City of Arts and Science, an assemblage of cultural attractions in Valencia, Spain. Originally opened in 1996, the last element of the "city" to be completed was the Reina Sofía Palace of Arts (far left) in 2005. Also known as the Head of the Bug, it became the city's opera house. The complex was designed by hometown boy — and internationally recognized architect — Santiago Calatrava. His work has a lot in common with another Spanish creator known for his outlandish structures: Antoni Gaudí. Both use the principles of engineering to develop shapes which have intrinsic structural strength.