WAN Awards

SUNDAY 21 DECEMBER 2014

SEARCH   
 
 
WAN Mobile
 
WAN Mobile
Previous Next
 

High Line, New York, United States

Monday 31 Aug 2009
 

New heights

 
All images courtesy of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro 
 
WAN AWARDS
Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 0

Add comments | More comments

Be the first to comment
 

Award Entry

The High Line creates new public space from derelict urban platform 

The High Line is a 1.2 mile conversion of an abandoned elevated railway into a new public park along the west side of lower Manhattan. The project establishes an urban corridor for habitat, wildlife and people, providing opportunities for future links between neighbourhoods, greenways and parkways. The line transforms 6 acres of paved surface into landscape.

Through a strategy of agri-tecture - part agriculture, part architecture - the High Line surface is digitized into discrete units of paving and planting which are assembled along 1.5 miles into a variety of gradients from 100% paving to 100% soft, richly vegetated biotopes. The paving system consists of individual pre-cast concrete planks with open joints to encourage emergent growth like wild grass through cracks in the sidewalk. The resulting “pathless” landscape encourages the public to meander in unscripted ways. The park accommodates the wild, the cultivated, the intimate, and the social. Access points are durational experiences designed to prolong the transition from the frenetic pace of city streets to the slow otherworldly landscape above.

The High Line was a design collaboration by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0(m€)
Were you involved in this scheme?
James Corner Field Operations & Diller Scofidio + Renfro

More projects by this architect

The High Line Rail Yards

The High Line

 
Vola
ECOWAN
 

Click here to view the NEWS IN PICTURES tablet site