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Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Named "Project of the Year"

16:00 - 10 September, 2015
Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Named "Project of the Year", Florida Polytechnic Science, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava. Image © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava
Florida Polytechnic Science, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava. Image © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building at Florida Polytechnic University has picked up another award, this time being named "Project of the Year" by Engineering News-Record. The "centerpiece" of the new Floridian university, which was also masterplanned by Calatrava, the 162,000-square-foot building was recently awarded "Best in Steel Construction" by the AISC.

“Educating, particularly young people, is one of the most noble tasks that exist,” said Calatrava in response to the award. “The Innovation, Science and Technology Building aims to be itself a tool to achieve the highest level of education for young people. 

In Defense of Santiago Calatrava

00:00 - 21 December, 2014
In Defense of Santiago Calatrava, Florida Polytechnic Sciencie, Innovation and Technology Campus. Image © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava
Florida Polytechnic Sciencie, Innovation and Technology Campus. Image © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

In recent years, few architects have had a tougher time in the media than Santiago Calatrava. Whether it's his repeated legal battles over leaking roofs and peeling facades, the unceremonious death of his Chicago Spire project, or the media firestorm over his New York Transportation Hub that is $2 billion over budget, Calatrava has become a poster boy for those who criticize the supposed arrogance of today's architects. However, in an engaging article for FastCo Design, Karrie Jacobs responds to what seems to be "a concerted effort to shore up his reputation," coming to the defense of this "unreconstructed aesthete." Read the article in full here.

Florida Polytechnic Science, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava

01:00 - 19 August, 2014
Florida Polytechnic Science, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava, © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava
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