A judge in Valencia has ordered a political party to pay €30,000 (£24,400) in damages to the celebrated architect Santiago Calatrava over a website its members created to highlight the flaws and cost overruns in various projects he designed.
Calatrava took the Valencia branch of the leftwing party Esquerra Unida to court, demanding €600,000 in compensation over their website 'Calatravatelaclava', which loosely translates as "Calatrava bleeds you dry."
The party founded the site in 2012 to take aim at the City of Arts and Sciences, an ambitious project meant to put Valencia on the map as a tourist destination. It said that from an original budget of €300m, the cost of the dazzling complex – which includes a concert hall, opera house, planetarium and science museum among its many features – swelled to more than €1bn by the time it was completed in 2005.
Calatrava, a native of Valencia, billed the government nearly €100m for the project, it added.
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