If you’re in the New York area this summer, go and check out a new exhibition that opens tomorrow, June 24, at the AIA-NY’s Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place, NYC): Our Cities Ourselves: The Future of Transportation in Urban Life explores the creation of better cities through better transportation and demonstrates what is possible when we design our cities for ourselves. The exhibition kicks off its worldwide tour in New York, showcasing the potential of transportation systems in ten major cities. It illustrates how the dream of a sustainable, equitable and livable urban future can be realized, when transport is put center-stage.
Completed in 1943, Rio’s Central do Brasil train station was simply and rightfully named after its original purpose, to be nothing less than Brazil’s most important transportation hub. The challenges of the site are monumental. The statistics and scales related to Central do Brasil presented us with an overwhelming context of operations with a rather frightening future scenario for the area unless a radical shift is proposed. In this project we take on the site’s monumentality with interventions that are equally monumental, and use this feature to domesticate and equalize the current situation, not to clash and contrast.