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A walk with Didier, Scofido and Renfro along the High Line in New York


Elisabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro walk around with the camera along the High Line in New York explaining the key ideas of the project carried out between 2009 and 2011, in collaboration with Jamer Corne Field Operations and Piet Oudolf. 

High Line is a public park with an area of about 2.4 km, built on a high-way line from the Meatpacking District to the Hudson Rail Yards in Manhattan. Inspired by the melancholic and disruptive beauty of this post-industrial ruin, where nature had reclaimed its place in the urban infrastructure, the new park interprets its heritage. It converts the biodiversity that settled after becoming a ruin into a specific urban microclimate along the route,which includes sunny, shade, wet, dry, wind-exposed and sheltered spaces.

Through a strategy of agritecture, part agriculture, part architecture, the High Line is interwoven with discrete units of pavement and vegetation that are interspersed throughout the two and a half kilometers, ranging from 100% pavement to 100% land, with a variety of vegetables biotopes. The arrangement consists of elongated paved concrete slabs with open joints to encourage the growth of wild grass. The elongated pavement ends in curves of vegetation,creating a textured landscape where people can wander on undefined pathways. The access points have been designed to extend the transition between the frenzy of the city streets and the tranquility of the upper landscape.

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