A hot topic in modern design at the moment is landscape architecture with every inch of space around houses, stadium and corporate headquarters being used to promote ecology and green design – these social spaces are becoming an important factor in everyday life, letting us make the most of the areas around us and ultimately doing more to make us feel like our carbon footprint is having a manicure.
Nowhere is this illustrated better than in new book Landscape Architecture Now! by Philip Jodidio, which is in the Taschen promotion at ACHICA today. Flicking through the book you’ll find the low-down on breathtaking outdoor spaces around the world including 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami and Eleven Minute Line in Sweden (both below). I’ve just come to a section in the book on The High Line in New York and it has reminded me of my recent amble down the incredible space last month with fellow design bloggers. The High Line has created a new park space for locals to take five out of the city without having to walk five OUT of the city. Ingenious.
The designers and architects who worked on The High Line - James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Piet Oudolf, and a number of other parties – had a clear challenge to make creative use of an abandoned elevated rail line in lower Manhattan. In The High Line they have brought new life to a disused part of the city.
On The High Line materials are limited to add unity to the space – these include corten steel, IPC wood, concrete aggregate, glass panels and stainless steel. In some areas the train rails are left in place– a reminder of the line’s original function – with shrubbery growing up around it. Poetic, fun and pretty.
One of my favourite elements was the cute bird box feeders (above) full of little New York birds fluttering around them. Another highlight was and Viewing Platform, shown below, complete with fellow design bloggers Will Taylor from Bright Bazaar, Kate Baxter from Fabric of My Life, Carol King from Dear Designer and Pippa Jameson enjoying the view of the street below.
It’s such an enjoyable walk and I HIGHly recommend a visit. It’s chilled out and full of surprises – it’s the slow lane compared to the fast lane streets below. It feels a bit like a catwalk running through the West Side of Manhattan, complete with Dianne Von Furstenburg building acting as a neat full stop at the end of the 2.4km line. And on a fine sunny day, it’s great fun strolling down it…
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