The Highline is truly an extraordinary urban intervention. The last time I went to NY this area of the Meat Packing District was disjointed and frankly, still a bit scary. Now walking along the Highline, designed by Diller Scofidio with Renfro, has created a whole new perspective, both in the immediate area and the vistas from the raised railway bridge. The improvements are streamlined and calming. People seem to love it, locals and tourists alike. It is somewhat akin to TZG’s Paddington Reservoir Gardens – an Urban Ruin that has been turned into an Urban Refuge. There were even some interesting installation art on top of buildings adjacent, that could only be seen from the Highline by artist. They are by artist Kim Beck and are called “Space Available”. They appear to be three dimensional skeletons of billboards but are in fact 2D cutouts. Impressive.Click on any of the thumbnails below to view the images full size.
Signbite : Highline : July 29, 2011