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The WTC Transportation Hub has been opening in stages since last year, with retail spaces in the central Oculus the latest to open to the public. Santiago Calatrava is one of the most famous and controversial living architects, infusing his work with the impression of movement and , seemingly, a defiance of physical laws. His latest piece is no different: The World Trade Center Transportation draws both ire and celebration, but rarely apathy.
It took 15 years for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub vision to become a reality. Chief among the loudest complaints are criticisms of an ever expanding budget of almost $4 billion (almost twice the original budget) and near constant design revisions due to security concerns. While it has accrued criticism, it has also drawn heavy praise for its sheer vision and monumental scale.