Internationally-recognized Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was in Chicago this week to help open the new Cervantes Institute in River North. Calatrava is best known for some amazing structural engineering in bridges in the U.S. and Europe as well as a lot of new high-speed rail terminals.

His Chicago Spire design started construction a few years ago and was planned as the largest building in North America, but is now all but dead without financing. Calatrava’s an extremely friendly guy, and has some great ideas about integrating 21st century transit into U.S. cities.

(Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)


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