The New York Times. Restore a Gateway to Dignity, by Michael Kimmelman
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
If you've ever been there will understand it perfectly, in any case, now that so much talk about the future of architecture is now in the restoration should know that here there are two ways of doing things wrong and right, please learn!. Here we give an impassioned article in the NYTimes focused on the dire state of New York Penn Station:
The original Pennsylvania Station was razed in 1963. (Collection of the New-York Historical Society, negative number 59044)
“To pass through Grand Central Terminal, one of New York’s exalted public spaces, is an ennobling experience, a gift. To commute via the bowels of Penn Station, just a few blocks away, is a humiliation.
What is the value of architecture? It can be measured, culturally, humanely and historically, in the gulf between these two places.
New tracks aside, the challenge is at the bare minimum to bring light and air into this underground purgatory and, beyond that, to create for millions of people a new space worthy of New York, a civic hub in the spirit of the great demolished one, more attuned to the city’s aspirations and democratic ideals.”