The High Line in New York City is one of the most well-known elevated parks, but around the world there are many similar urban reclamation projects underway. The success of the High Line inspired many other cities around the world to reuse and rethink space around old rail lines. Here are 10 plans from Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, the United States and Mexico.
Image Credit: James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Courtesy of the City of New York and Friends of the High Line.
During the recent 2013 MAS summit for NYC, Joshua David, co founder of the High Line mentioned- “Most parks are places where people go to escape the city, The High Line is a place where you go to experience the city in new ways”
… and what an experience it has been! As we move onto the third and final section of this elevated park, Friends of High Line co-founder Robert Hammond and City councilman-elect Corey Johnson joined the design team at the School of Visual Art’s Beatrice Theater on Monday evening to present construction updates and unveil design concepts for the Spur- a unique space within the third section of the High Line.
The latest Banksy is a play on the gallery in an outdoor space under the High Line at West 24th Street. It appears to be a collaboration with Brazilian twins Os Gemeos, whom we previously covered for his massive mural in Boston.
Are you the sort of person who enjoys going to art galleries, but wished they had more gravel in them? Then this temporary exhibition space is for you. Housing just two paintings but also featuring a bench, some carpet and complimentary refreshments. Opens today through Sunday 11am til midnight.
Broken Bridge II at the High Line will come down on September 30th. Ken Goebel for High Line Art
Broken Bridge II is a sculpture by artist El Anatsui, who lives and works in Nigeria. For the past 10 months, the installation has been exhibited at the High Line and will be coming down on September 30th. This 37′ by 157′ tapestry was originally part of Paris’ 2012 Triennale exhibition and had to be reconfigured to fit the landscape of the High Line, for visitors of the park and viewers along West 21st Street to admire.
Section 3 of the High Line might not be opened or shined up, but High Line Art has commissioned (temporary) art on it. New York-based artist Carol Bove’s public art installation, “Caterpillar,” debuted among the weeds of the last section of the High Line in mid-May, and is coming down in May of 2014. Since then, the High Line has been hosting walking tours through Section 3 to allow visitors an exclusive glimpse at Bove’s artwork. Spaces in the tours were snatched up quickly; reservations for tours through September have been completely filled.
In New York City, skybridges are largely a thing from the past. As we mentioned in our last skybridge roundup, they exemplify the city’s push to tempt the creative boundaries of architecture. But aside from aesthetics, skybridges may come in handy as a temperature-controlled method of movement or as a means to decrease walker congestion on the ground. Cities that are heavily populated or suffer from extreme weather already have extensive skybridge systems, like the Minneapolis Skyway System and Mumbai’s Skywalk Project.
Here are a few more skybridges that we came across in Manhattan: