Seville is the largest city of Andalusia and the fourth largest urban agglomeration in Spain, with more than 700.000 inhabitants within the city borders and around 1.3000.000 residents in the metropolitan area. The city’s area is 140 km2. With an area of 4 square kilometers, the Old Town is the third largest in Europe. The center of Seville is densely packed and very historic. There is little room for development in the downtown area, and even if there were, it would be a great challenge to provide the sorts of services demanded by a modern building, let alone the access needed for large-scale construction. Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located in the Old Town: the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.
Credit : Enrico Fontanari et al. (dir.), Global Report Culture and Sustainable Urban Development: Regional Report on Urban Conservation and Regeneration in Europe, UNESCO and IUAV, 2015, Annexes 2 p. 22-25.