Sunday, November 9, 2008

Chicago's Transbay Terminal

It's starting. Downtowns are going to start having these design contests for High Speed Rail Hubs.

7 comments:

Cap'n Transit said...

"The station, which would have the feel of a sleek airport terminal ...."

Oh for chrissakes. Please, please, please stop trying to pretend that trains are airplanes!

kenf said...

If I remember correctly, Dulles Airport, near Washington DC was modeled in part after a European railroad terminal.

njh said...

I wonder whether *-evolent dictator-for-life Daley is keen on HSR? If he is, I can imagine this getting built, overnight, under lights :)

jon said...

there was a big exhibit maybe 6-7 years ago at the art institute of chicago on modern train station designs. a book came out of it too.

unfortunately anytime you have an architecture competition it means youll get the weirdest and most doomsday looking structures. i'd like to see modern train stations that are noble and grand civic spaces that mark a ceremonial gateway into the city much like they did in the heyday of rail travel. this design for the chicago station looks like someone smashed a building into the ground.

rhywun said...

> this design for the chicago station
> looks like someone smashed a building
> into the ground

Yeah, "deconstructivism". It's all the rage in architecture circles. One of the major rules seems to be to make your building look as frightening and uninviting as possible.

Cap'n Transit said...

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Berlin Hauptbahnhof. The design was chosen by competition in 1993, and the station was constructed between 1995 and 2005. And it looks nothing like an airport.

rhywun said...

> And it looks nothing like an airport.

Or bombed-out ruins. Nice!