The New York City High Line, is a fantastic example of an inner-city rejuvenation project. Created on the former West Side industrial railway, the project began in 2003 to convert the existing infrastructure, built in the 1930’s for freight trains (the last of which ran on it in 1980), into a park for all New Yorkers.
Winning architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, were inspired by the wild seeded landscape that had been forming after the line was abandoned, and upon the 1.45 mile-long elevated, steel structure the paving system now encourages a “pathless” natural growth
This undefined and unobtrusive environment allows the public to wander through the park in the manner that they wish.
Energy-efficient lights softly illuminate the park’s natural pathways and allow the eyes to adjust to the ambient light of the surrounding city sky. Lights installed beneath the High Line illuminate the sidewalk below. For the vast garden, soil was delivered and distributed to specific areas and more than one hundred different species of plants, selected from nurseries along the East Coast, were planted.
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