FOR DECADES THE coastline of Spain has been renowned for high-rise

concrete hotels, bars, nightlife and probably the least sustainable form of tourism in Europe. But an exciting new project aims to make at least one part of the Spanish coastline a pointer to a very different kind of future.

Sociópolis is a project being built in Valencia that aims to combine high-rise living with market gardens, traditional agriculture and ancient, ecological irrigation techniques. It is, says the Valencian government, a model for 21st-century living.

The design of Sociópolis is inspired by the traditional ...


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