‘I have been treated like a dog,’ says architect Santiago Calatrava

‘i have been treated like a dog,’ says architect santiago calatrava
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Santiago Calatrava is among the world’s most prominent architects, known for majestic civic works like a train station in Liege, Belgium, and Athens’ Olympic Sports Complex built for the 2004 summer games.

But as one of his most ambitious projects yet, the PATH commuter rail station at the World Trade Center, edges toward completion, the flow of incoming work has slowed. In the U.S., he isn’t getting asked to compete for new projects at all, he said, amid criticism of the rail project’s delays and costs.

“I could not compete because people have not asked me to compete,” Mr. Calatrava, 63 years old, said in an interview in his Park Avenue townhouse.

A hub that stitches together the commuter train to New Jersey with retail, connections to the subway and grand open spaces beneath soaring white arched beams, the project was meant to be a jewel of the 16-acre development site, capped by a spiky and glassy porcupine-like oculus.

Instead, it has become a budgetary boondoggle, its cost doubling to nearly $4 billion, which gives it the unenviable distinction of the world’s most expensive train station.

The reasons are numerous, but broadly its problems can be found in the interconnected nature of the project, which weaves through a complex site densely packed with office towers, an underground museum and retail, numerous officials involved with the project said. With two train lines running throughout construction, it has also proved a logistical nightmare. []

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Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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