Design for Movement: Central Station

Exhibition Description

With the development of the first modern rail systems, train stations became an integral part of the urban landscape; in the second half of the 20th century however an emphasis on auto and air transportation challenged the position of rail travel and its architectural relevance in the contemporary landscape. Today we are witnessing yet another shift in thinking, putting rail travel at the center of major urban, energy and transportation policies. The train station is seen once again as the anchor of major urban centers, returning to it original function as a hub, not only for travelers, but indeed itself a destination. How does this shift translate into architecture? How does contemporary design reflect these new challenges and opportunities? Design for Movement: Central Station will showcase a series of acclaimed train stations around the world — either newly built or newly restored — as microcosmic illustrations of a more general discussion about the future of the rail transportation. 

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