My New York with Bernard Tschumi: Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central was way ahead of its time in its use of a double-envelope design. Tschumi takes us on a very rare visit inside the walls–to a glass catwalk that has inspired his own work. Tschumi also tells us that he admires how Grand Central functions both as a monument–and as a living piece of architecture–the “archetype of the city building… the epitome of urbanity.” And lessons for today’s architects? The building serves as a prime lesson, says Tschumi, that architecture is “not only about what it looks like, but really about what it does.”

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