Municipal Art Society Launches Design Challenge for Penn Station, Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK—The Municipal Art Society (MAS) of New York has launched a design challenge for a new Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. As part of the challenge, four New York design firms will re-envision both spaces with a public unveiling of proposed plans slated for May 29.

The four firms participating in the challenge include Santiago Calatrava, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, SHoP Architects and SOM. Each firm will share their plans at the public May 29th event at 242 West 41st Street. The event will be open to the public but registration is required at

“Consistent with our long-history of advocating for bold and ambitious approaches to New York City’s challenges -- and a commitment to enhancing livability in New York -- we have invited some of the best design firms in the world to help us re-think Penn Station and Madison Square Garden creating a world class train station and a world class arena,” said Vin Cipolla, president of MAS.

When the plans for Madison Square Garden and Penn Station were originated in 1963 by architect Charles Luckman, approximately 200,000 people per day were using Penn Station. Today, the station moves 640,000 people daily.

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