emiliojperez_1345801148_68Today’s show features an interview with architect Emilio J Perez. You can see some of his work on his website Espacios de Relación and in the Mojuru website– where Emilio and his business partners are advocating for a more sustainable way of building homes, where they “use containers to live in”.

In this interview, we mention la tuna. And this is a tradition which, I’m not quite sure whether you still find it in Universities in Spain – Emilio himself says it was already a bit of a myth when he went to university some years ago now…

In any case, la tuna is a group of men who sing songs at University, maybe serenading women and in general providing entertainment. These groups started in the 13th century, would you believe it, and I think they were groups of poor university students who went around singing in return for a bowl of soup. Here’s a link to an article about the Tuna.


Emilio talks a bit about student life in Valencia university, especially about going out “de marcha” on Thursdays.

On a slightly more serious note, Emilio also mentions the role that different players in the construction industry played during the crisis. And he also talks about the number of ghost-type cities if you will that have been left as a result of building plans being abandoned half way through.

Not too long ago, I went to an exhibition at the ICO foundation in Madrid called Ruinas Modernas, Modern Ruins, by Julia Schulz-Dornburg. And the exhibition, which you can actually view online, and I suggest you do – link on the shownotes – shows all these housing and leisure complexes that are half built, mainly around 2008. It really is a shame, and it’s interesting to hear Emilio, an architect, talk about it.

During the chat, Emilio mentions de town of Seseñas, built not too long ago…

You can connect with Emilio via Twitter (@EmilioJPerez) or have a look at his pictures on Instagram: instagram.com/emiliojperez/

Spanish Food Mini Series

horchataAnd this episode featuring Valencia kicks off the Spanish food mini-series. Allison Bauer introduces us to horchata – and for those of you who already love the drink, she has some tips on how to make your own. You can read the post on her blog, A Foodie in Europe.

Don’t forget that if you’re interested in Valencia, our very first episode also featured that city. Graham Hunt recommends some places to visit at the end of his interview.

horchata photo credit: kern.justin via photopin cc

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