Monday, April 23, 2007

Valencia: America's Cup

The America's Cup, which claims to be the oldest sporting trophy in the world, is being hosted by Valencia, Spain this summer. The first stage of races, the Louis Vuitton act 13 was just completed on April 7. The final races for the Louis Vuitton cup will be from April 16-June 12, with the culmination of the America's Cup from June 23-July 7. This is a unique year for the cup because it is the first time it has been hosted in Europe. Valencia becomes an ideal location for the cup due to the reliable weather conditions and because of the recent conversion of an industrial port into a world class hosting port for the cup. The entire port is an excellent example of both specific master planning (to host the cup), as well as a quickly readaptable space that contains park spaces, restaurants, concert areas, and leisure docking. The boats themselves also become architectural objects-elegant yet solely functional. Even the temporary bases for the yachts, such as the Prada team base, are mini architectural experiments. Prada wraps their building in a patterned fabric exterior-corrugated plastic wrapped in sail material.
Robbie Eleazer

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