The High Line was initially constructed in the 1930s, to lift harmful freight trains off Manhattan’s streets.
The High Line is created by landscape designers James Corner Field Operations and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Photographs are by Iwan Baan. Inspired by the melancholic, unruly beauty of this postindustrial ruin, where nature has reclaimed a when vital piece of urban infrastructure, the new park interprets its inheritance. It translates the biodiversity that took root just after it fell into ruin in a string of web-site-precise urban micro climates along the stretch of railway that consist of sunny, shady, wet, dry, windy, and sheltered spaces. The park accommodates the wild, the cultivated, the intimate, and the social.
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