This post was written by Andrea Paoletti
I was in New York in march, walking along the High Line project and I took different pics that I have never had the opportunity to publish so far. But now that they opened the second section, I feel it is the right time to do that!
High line was created in order to preserve the section at the West Side Rail Yards and transform it into an extraordinary and inspiring public space. It is an unique urban experience, carrying visitors in close proximity to historic buildings and warehouses, and introducing unique views of the cityscape and architectural landmarks. Moreover it represents also a good example of a social center for a changing neighborhood and of what can be accomplished when communities and their elected leaders work together for the common good. Friends of the High Line began advocating for the High Line’s reuse as public open space in 1999. In 2002, the Bloomberg Administration endorsed the project. The High Line structure south of 30th Street was donated to the City of New York by CSX Transportation, Inc., in November, 2005. Construction began on the transformation into a public park in 2006.
All the design is inspired by the wild, self-seeded landscape that grew up naturally on the High Line when the trains stopped running in 1980. The design retains the original railroad tracks from the industrial structure and restored steel elements. The High Line design is a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and planting designer Piet Oudolf, with support from consultants in lighting design, structural engineering, and many other disciplines. A great team work!
All the following pics are © Iwan Baan