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New Andalucian Property Legislation aims to legalize almost 300.000 buildings

Almost 300.000 illegal buildings in Andalucia are about to be regularized as the New Andalucian Property Legislation comes into effect this month.

The decree, which affects all of Andalucia, aims to legalise many of the buildings constructed on rural land. Nevertheless this still leaves a large number of properties that for one reason or another will not qualify for the legalisation process.

This has attracted the attention of potential clients from Scandinavian countries looking to buy property in the Axarquia area, especially around La Viñuela reservoir, according to a report in local Spanish daily La Opinión de Malaga.

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Health Center Of Talavera for Arch Daily's Building of the Year 2011 contest

Arch Daily, the world's most visited architecture website, chose Health Center Of Talavera for its Building of the Year 2011 contest.

Arquitecnica Architects Roberto Moreno Klemming and Peru Cañada Omagogeascoa, built the new Health center of Talavera de la Reina, Toledo, in the middle of a single family neighbourhood. A semi public path diagonally cuts through the building,ending in an open courtyard with the large staircase and the main entrance at the end. The main quality of this Plaza, however will be to led people into the building complex and provide orientation for visitors.

The lobby is conceived as a spatial continuation of the courtyard. Inside, the building is planned as a single, open space that offers a transparent landscape in three floors. All levels have sky-lit waiting rooms galleries open to the Plaza in a special interplay between inside and outside.

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Dubai hotel chains come to Mallorca. Luxury Strategic Plans set in Costa del Sol

"As the pain of Spain's property crash continues to hit people hard, a nationwide movement is now fighting back", writes Tom Barridge, BBC News correspondent.

These words strongly crash, just like our Real Estate Market crashed, against "other realities" such as Dubai hotel chains coming to Mallorca and Luxury Strategic Plans in Costa del Sol.

Yesterday, February the 29th, thousands of citizens took the streets in protest. No need to explain why. Pure impotence could be registered by hundreds of images shared via facebook, twitter, flickr and other social networks.

Younger Spaniards for the first time don't believe parents who have told them for decades that they should always buy instead of rent and treat real estate as an investment that will never go bad. The age-old saying in Spain that prices never go down or not for long is now broken.

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Luxury tourism plans will attract visitors from Russia, Persian Gulf and the U.S.A.

Elias Bendodo, president of the Tourist Board in Málaga, recently presented details of the Costa del Sol Elite Collection, which is aimed at bringing together tour operators and travel clubs for those with high purchasing power, transport, accommodation, leisure and the most select excursions.

Marbella will be the standard bearer of this product which will include private aircraft companies, chauffeur-driven cars, luxury hotels and beach clubs and individually-designed trips to places of interest in Malaga province.

"We will be the third corner of the triangle of the Spanish luxury sector, with Madrid and Barcelona", explained Mr. Bendodo.

The Costa del Sol Elite Collection will be officially presented in March at the Arabian Travel Market tourism fair and then at events which feature the most exclusive tourist attractions, such as the fair in Las Vegas in August and the ILTM in the French resort of Cannes.

This plan will also include familiarisation trips for agents from Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and India; the latter, together with China, are the main markets to which this exclusive product will be marketed in the medium term. 

National Museum of Science and Technology by aceboXalonso studio

A resourceful medium, Arch Daily could possibly be the best publication in regards to Architecture worldwide. Today, they present us the La Coruña Center for the Arts. And so they begin by talking about its story in a kind of literary way...

"The history of this building begun far before its birth, actually eleven years before, as a First Prize of an International Competition. Even at the moment when we are writing this text, still we are not sure that the building will be opened someday. Perhaps and hopefully, it’ll be just put into service, as happened to the Civil Government of Tarragona of Alejandro de la Sota because political representatives refuse to do any act, or perhaps, will be condemned to stay closed a few years more".

When you look at the images of this magnificent building and think about the money and energy spent in each brick, each corner of the two buildings that compose the Center, you're left with a disenchanted feeling. Thirteen million euros. Ten years.

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