Santiago de Compostela begins 2011 celebrating its past and present in granite. On the one hand, it is the 800th anniversary of the dedication of its Cathedral, declared an Event of Exceptional Public Interest by the Spanish Parliament and featuring special exhibitions and commemorative concerts. On the other hand, the city will inaugurate its most ambitious project, the Galician City of Culture; designed by Peter Eisenman, its towers (a posthumous legacy from John Hejduk) look face to face from Monte Gaiás towards their baroque twins.
Once again, in Santiago stones will speak to stones. Guided by the goal of perfection, by the dream of continuing to slowly and lovingly “compose” itself, the city of 2011 is assembling the pieces of beauty, time and memory fully aware of its destiny. In the words of the architect Josef Paul Kleihues: “urban development is memory” and the city the “historic mirror” that we have to look into to discover what Compostela is and what it should be.