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Old Posted May 12, 2009, 12:38 PM
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Santiago Calatrava, the world-renowned architect who has designed some of the most beautiful structures of our time, is the subject of a new exhibition, Santiago Calatrava: World Trade Center Transportation Hub, at New York City’s Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, a private non-profit Spanish cultural center, through August 31, 2009.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioned Santiago Calatrava, S.A. to design the project in association with Downtown Design Partnership, a joint venture of DMJM + Harris and STV Group, Inc. In January 2004, when Santiago Calatrava unveiled his plans for the transportation hub, the daring design was seen as a symbol of renewal and hope after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Since then, Santiago Calatrava has recommended some adjustments to the design to save time and money while preserving the overall integrity of the original design. The exhibition will be an opportunity for commuters, subway riders and pedestrians to see that Calatrava’s design has transcended the complex challenges of the site and to view the development of this soaring, spectacular design which will significantly improve mass-transit connections across Lower Manhattan.

Santiago Calatrava: World Trade Center Transportation Hub will showcase architectural models along with a multimedia presentation and reinforce the evocative image of “a bird being released from a child’s hand”. This exhibition also presents selected American projects of Santiago Calatrava’s celebrated buildings.
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