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Oct 19, 2012
Grand Central Terminal Building – New York City, NY
Foster + Partners re-imagines Grand Central Terminal for 2013 Centenary
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image : Foster + Partners
Norman Foster presented proposals for a masterplan to bring clarity back to Grand Central Terminal at The Municipal Art Society of New York’s annual Summit in New York last night. Grand Central Terminal is one of New York’s greatest landmarks and contains perhaps the city’s finest civic space. However, over time it has become a victim of its own success. A building designed to be used by 75,000 people per day now routinely handles ten times that number with up to a million on peak days.

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Mar 18, 2013
Bleecker Street Station Restoration & Upgrade, New York, NY
Design: Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects with Weidlinger Associates
Bleecker Street Station American Railway Station Buildings
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The MTA’s $94.5 m rehabilitation of the Bleecker Street Station complex, designed by Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects (LHPA) in a joint venture with Weidlinger Associates, structural engineers, introduces an uptown link between two major subway lines while returning one of the city’s oldest stations to its original glory. It includes a 300-ft extension of the Bleecker Street IRT uptown platform and a new transfer connection between it and the Broadway-Lafayette station on the IND line. It also restores the landmarked IRT station’s 1904 Beaux-Arts finishes, which were designed by the noted architecture firm Heins & LaFarge; widens the downtown platform by 240 feet; introduces ADA access and efficient movement; and consolidates NYCT facilities.

Feb 18, 2013
East 180th Street Station, Bronx, New York
Design: Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects with Weidlinger Associates
East 180th Street Station Building
photo : Paul Warchol
The New York City Transit Authority’s East 180th Street Station has just undergone a $65 million restoration and upgrade that reestablishes the 100-year-old complex as a major Bronx landmark. This station was originally meant to be the flagship for the emerging New York Westchester and Boston Railway Company and its transformation returns it to its original glory.

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Grand Central Station, Vanderbilt Avenue, New York
Date built: 1913
Design: Reed and Stem; Warren and Wetmore
Grand Central Station
photo © Tim Collins
New York station

Union Station 2020 : A Crossroads for the High-Speed Rail City, Chicago
Date built: 2008
Union Station 2020 Chicago – Organization: The Chicago Architectural Club

West 8th Street Subway Station Project, Manhattan, New York
Design: Acconci Studio
West 8th Street Subway American Railway Station Buildings
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Manhattan Subway development
“The architect started a wave; we came in later and tried to make a wave, break a wave. Like a rise and fall of sand, like an ocean wave: use the wave, then, to make a view – the force of a wave – the wave forces a view. Not a picture of a wave, not a wave in two dimensions. A wave in all directions. The façade itself should be a wave, like a wave in the ocean, like a wave of sand. The façade waves out, bulges out, to enclose the stairway up to the station. A ramp to the station: the façade waves up and down, it waves out, it breaks to make an entrance.”

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Pennsylvania Station, New York
1910; demolished 1963-66
McKim, Mead & White, Architects
Famous building backdrop from numerous American films, Beaux-Arts architecture popular in the early 20th century. Nicknamed Penn Station.

Pennsylvania Station district redevelopment, Manhattan
Architects: Skidmore Owings & Merrill ; Foster + Partners; Kohn Pedersen Fox
Incl. existing Penn Station, Madison Square Garden & 2 office towers

Chelsea High Line railway park, West Side, Manhattan
Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Refro Architects
Elevated rail structure unused since 1980

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