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Just in case you missed it, Spain is showing the world how to reinvent public spaces

photo: Wikipedia, creative commonsInspired by the Cathedral of Seville and the ficus tree, Seville’s stunning new wooden “Metropol Parasol” is located in La Encarnación square.  It gives visitors and residents a place to rest in the shade, a place for demonstrators to come together, and has a market on street level and Roman and Moorish remains on the subterranean level.  The 150m by 70m (490 by 230 ft) structure was  designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann and made from Finnish birch wood. It took six years to build and was completed in April 2011 at a final cost of approximately 100 million euros (double the original budget).  It’s known locally as “Las Setas” (The mushrooms).mushrooms2

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