Here is a fantastic example of innovative urban architecture. The High Line is a 1.45 mile long public park built on an abandoned railway elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.
[quote]The High Line is inherently a green structure. It re-purposes of a piece of industrial infrastructure as public green space. The High Line landscape functions essentially like a green roof; porous pathways contain open joints, so water can drain between planks and water adjacent planting beds, cutting down on the amount of storm-water than runs off the site into the sewer system.[/quote]
Watch the video if you’re interested in learning more about the story behind the High Line. If it wasn’t for two determined neighborhood residents, what has become a celebrated city treasure might not have ever seen the light of day.
The park was designed by Landscape Architecture firm James Corner Field Operations and Architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, along with planting designer Piet Oudolf.