Penn palimpsest: History becomes the future

In this video, Tom Wright, president and CEO of the Regional Plan Association—the nation’s oldest independent metropolitan research, planning, and advocacy organization—describes the context for infrastructure and planning relating to Penn Station and Manhattan’s West Side.

Vishaan Chakrabarti, founder of architecture and urbanism practice PAU, then presents research into the station’s history and describes his vision for its replacement.

The two presentations are followed by a discussion with Harry Cobb, founding partner at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, and Hilary Balon, a professor of architecture and urban studies.



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