As a senior in the Barnard + Columbia Architecture program, I created a proposal for a system of elevated subways that interacted with street life in a way that intertwines public space and city programs with transit. This system is designed in such a way that it proposes a livable, sustainable, and engaging method of constructing elevated train structures in contrast to the current elevated lines that exist in NYC today.
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Is the 2nd Avenue Subway Flawed?
This post is adapted from a YouTube video that I created: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIERh_9qieA
I recently took a trip to one of the cavernous stations on the brand new 2nd avenue Subway in New York City. Its mere existence is astonishing given all the roadblocks there were to getting it built in the first place, and the stations themselves certainly feel worthy of a modern metro system. But there's still something wrong, or at least disappointing, about the way in which these stations conceive of the relationship between a city, it's people, and their transportation. So what exactly makes this a bad design?