A Big Round of Applause to Google for Shaming Spain Worldwide

There are strange moments when you feel ashamed not as an individual, but as a member of a collective, of something bigger. In my case, today, it's of being Spanish. And what I feel right now is a deep, profound sense of ridiculousness. » 12/11/14 12:40pm 12/11/14 12:40pm

Google News Is Closing in Spain Because of Copyright Law

Google has announced that it will be permanently shutting down the Spanish version of Google News, effective from December 16, 2014. » 12/11/14 3:50am 12/11/14 3:50am

This Tiny Home Uses Sliding Walls to Transform One Room Into Four

We've seen our fair share of transforming apartments around here, from MIT's super-advanced version to this Ikea-esque wonder. But none of them can compare to the sheer inventive genius of this apartment, in which huge sliding racks make it possible to pack a whole household into a tiny corridor of space. » 11/07/14 10:01am 11/07/14 10:01am

Spain's New "Google Tax" Could Be Bad for Everyone

The Spanish government has just approved a horrible law that will force news aggregation services, such as Google News, to pay news sites for each link they include with their content. You read that right: On top of sending sites a ton of traffic, Google (other aggregators like Yahoo News, and maybe even Facebook or… » 10/30/14 2:16pm 10/30/14 2:16pm

Frank Gehry Says Architecture Today Is "Pure Shit"

It can't be easy being the world's most famous living architect. Sometimes you have to say what's on your mind. Sometimes words just won't do. No, that's not Frank Gehry demonstrating the spire of his newest skyscraper. That's Frank Gehry giving you—and all his many critics—the finger. » 10/23/14 2:40pm 10/23/14 2:40pm

Floods, Rats, and Dominoes: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Biblical floods swept through L.A. thanks to a water main break. Rats are overrunning Paris. And games—those dangerous diversions!—are being outlawed Seville, Spain. Hmm, does this sound like the end of days to anyone else? It's a Revelations-themed look at What's Ruining Our Cities! » 8/03/14 3:00pm 8/03/14 3:00pm

Can Architecture Perform Miracles? The Quest to Make Gaudi a Saint

Visiting the dripping sand castle basilica that is the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona could definitely be described as one of the most awe-inducing moments of my life. A spiritual experience? Perhaps. But is it a miracle? That's what a group of believers are trying to prove in their campaign to make its architect,… » 7/29/14 2:57pm 7/29/14 2:57pm

The Self-Checkout Security Checkpoint Passed Its First Big Test

Tiresome TSA security lines may be a thing of the past as a new, self-managed security device successfully passed its real world debut at an Australia-Spain World Cup match in Curitiba, Brazil last month. The only folks not excited about the new security measure are die hard fans of the Socceroos. » 7/14/14 10:33am 7/14/14 10:33am

Visit Spain, See Wolves

Which country in Western Europe has more wolves than Montana, Idaho and Wyoming combined? Spain. What follows is my experience finding the wolves and how you can too. » 6/14/14 9:34am 6/14/14 9:34am

Madrid's New Parking Meters Charge More For Gas Guzzlers

Drive a diesel car in Madrid and soon it'll cost you in more than fuel. The Spanish city is introducing new smart parking meters which will add a surcharge to your tariff if you're driving a heavily polluting car. » 5/01/14 9:20am 5/01/14 9:20am

The ghost of Brutalism is alive and well in Granada, where Mediomundo Arquitectos have drawn on the past without sacrificing modern technology, since it houses the schools of physiotherapy, nursing, podiatry, and geriatric care at Granada University. Despite its foreboding exterior, the entire building is ventilated… » 4/28/14 11:20am 4/28/14 11:20am

Spain Might Jump Time Zones To Stimulate Its Economy

If your economy isn't doing so well, just jump into another time zone. This is the strategy pursued by Samoa, for example, which rather dramatically leapt across the International Date Line back in 2011 in order to align its work-week more closely with its Pacific neighbors; and a more local version of this might be… » 2/18/14 10:40am 2/18/14 10:40am

A Single Man Spent 53 Years Building This Massive Cathedral

Very few of us will work at a single job our whole lives. Even fewer will work on a single, self-led project our whole lives. Spanish octogenarian Justo Gallego Martinez is an exception: He's been the sole designer, engineer, and construction worker on a cathedral in Madrid since 1961. » 1/22/14 4:00pm 1/22/14 4:00pm

Anyone can take a tour of this waste treatment plant in Valencia, Spain, to check out its automatized trash-sorting systems. The Israeli architects who designed the 759,600-square-foot system describe it as a public observatory, a place to "contemplate" contemporary life. After all, some archaeologists claim that… » 1/02/14 3:15pm 1/02/14 3:15pm

Ireland Is Tearing Down Thousands of Empty, Brand New "Ghost Homes"

Phoenix, Madrid, even Astana: These are the cities we tend to hold up as examples of the havoc that construction booms—and busts—can wreak on a housing market. Ireland is in the news less, but its situation is just as dire; thousands of brand-new Irish homes have sat empty for years. And now the government is… » 12/30/13 12:00pm 12/30/13 12:00pm

US Now Claims European Agencies, Not the NSA, Spied on European Leaders

Finger-pointing over the NSA's spying habits ascends to a new level of complexity with the latest revelations of how the United States spies on foreign officials. However, U.S. officials now tell The Wall Street Journal that the phone records at the center of the surveillance scandal in Europe were actually collected… » 10/29/13 1:30pm 10/29/13 1:30pm

There Are 480GB-Worth Of Photos In This Epic Time Lapse Of Barcelona

There are tons of great city time lapses. When you combine beautiful, weird or iconic architecture with changing light at different times of day, and people speeding by you almost always get a winner. But its not easy to make these shorts. This time lapse of Barcelona, shot in the past few months from August to… » 10/12/13 11:27am 10/12/13 11:27am

This Insane Ancient Tomb Has Been Restored to Its Prehistoric Glory

You're looking at the Soto dolmen in Trigueros, Spain—and you're right to be amazed. This prehistoric tomb has been home to rituals of life and death since 4200 BC, and now after nine years it's been restored to its prehistoric glory. » 10/10/13 5:24am 10/10/13 5:24am

A New Apple Store in Spain Is Being Built on 15th Century Ruins

Here's a fun game: archeological dig or building a new Apple Store? In at least one case, the answer is both. In what's supposed to be the basement of a new Apple Store in Madrid, workers have uncovered a 15th century hospital. » 7/10/13 12:35pm 7/10/13 12:35pm

Video: BASE Jumper Fails and Miraculously Survives Unharmed

BASE jumps! If they go wrong, most of the times they are fatal. But not for Maria Steinmayr, who has miraculously survived a failed Extreme BASE jump from the top of the Gran Bali Hotel in Benidorm, Spain. Her parachute failed, making her crash against the building. Hard. Miraculously, she only got a few contusions. » 6/07/13 10:17pm 6/07/13 10:17pm