The Next Great Public Space

An Update to this Blog post from prior: The World Trade Center Path Station will be opening to the public the week of February 29-March 4th. You can read more about this updated opening at The New York Times, and of course, we will have our full architecture review on this space within the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

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(A Cathedral Like View of the New World Trade PATH Station. Image by Hilary Swift)

Original Blog Post: In March, Santiago Calatrava’s creaturelike Path Station will open to the public in what has become a long anticipated unveiling. New York has waited over Fourteen Years for this great step toward healing after the September 11th attacks, and this piece of hallowed ground will march one step closer toward the repair of The City in becoming New York’s Next Great Public Space.

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(Inside the New World Trade Center PATH Station, from AM New York. Opening 2016)

Architecture takes a long time. And this project, upon opening, needs to be understood across the broader spectrum of Urban Design. There have been many articles about budget overruns (it is vastly over budget) and pointed critiques about its alien design and “out of context” nature to the World Trade Center site as a whole (it can be interpreted that way). Though on the flip side, this structure is aiming to unify and bring together a collective psyche which was battered both by the trauma of a terrorist event and the long road to recovery, if recovery is even possible. In short form, the building is an instantaneous visual symbol of Hope and will offer positive attributes to The City’s Urban Infrastructure. It will become New York’s next great transit hall, aligning itself with the lost public space, the ghost of Penn Station yore. It will become A new welcome mat which The City, and nation, deserves.

The opening of The New Transit Hub to The Public will take place this March, 2016. You can read more about it HERE:

WTC Website: A map of Transit Stops and a video of the new interconnecting PATH station.

World Trade Center Oculus Will Open First Week of March, From Curbed.

The Serpent of The Trade, from Gordon’s Urban Morphology.

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