HIGHLINE at The Rail Yards Phase 1 opens to the public


Over the weekend the first phase of High Line at the Rail Yards opened to the public. The first phase stretches between West 30th and West 34th Streets to the south and north, and 10th and 12th Avenues to the east and west. This section of the park introduces exciting new design features that celebrate the unique context surrounding this section of the elevated railway. In response to public feedback gathered during three community input meetings hosted by Friends of the High Line, the design includes familiar elements like the iconic “peel-up” benches, intimate overlooks, and meandering pathways, while introducing new design features, such as a children’s exploration area and an interim walkway that wends through the existing landscape of self-seeded wildflowers, native grasses, and shrubs.

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE | Final Stage of the High Line


Final Stage of the High Line | Image Credit Timothy Schenck courtesy of Friends of the High Line.

The third and final stage(known as the Rail Yards) is currently under construction and the Friends of the High Line have told WLA via email that most of the High Line’s signature planking has been laid. The interim walkway (where the High Line curves north at the intersection of West 30th Street and 12th Avenue) is all in place. Planting will begin in spring and continue throughout the summer whilst also installing additional construction elements. No date has been set for the opening of the final stage but is expected to be open to the public in the Fall of 2014.

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This Week in Landscape | 2 February 2014

Interesting landscape reading from across the web with some thought provoking material before you start your working week.


High Lines and park life: why more green isn’t always greener for cities | Owen Hatherley | Guardian
“Transforming old industrial areas into urban woodland may look nice but can be conterproductive[sic] in the long run” – Interesting read, but still wondering how the Highline is conterproductive[sic] in the long run.

‘Open spaces needed for meetings’ | Riyan Ramanath V, | Times of India
“Lack of such open areas inside the city is forcing communities, political, religious and social groups to use smaller spaces, which is resulting in traffic congestion on the roads.”

See How NYC Streets Got More Pedestrian-Friendly In 25 Years | Curbed NY | Zoe Rosenberg
Great images of before and after the implementation of pedestrian/bike friendly road design

How town planning can make us thin and healthy: Architects show that more green space and less housing density has a clear effect on public health | Charlie Cooper | Independent
“With responsibility for public healthcare devolved now from central Government to local authorities, it’s vital that planners and developers take the lead in ensuring healthier cities,” said. RIBA’s president, Stephen Hodder.

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This Week In Landscape | 9 June 2013

Garden That Climbs The Stairs by Balmori Associates IMAGE CREDIT Iwan-Baan

‘Garden That Climbs The Stairs’ by Balmori Associates | IMAGE CREDIT | Iwan Baan

This Week in Landscape – your weekly update of landscape links from around the world…..

Meet The 13 Designers On Fast Company’s Most Creative People List | Belinda Lanks | Fast Co. Design
Diana Balmori (Principal – Balmori Associates) made the #3 spot on Fast Company’s 2013 Most Creative People List

ISTANBUL’S AWFUL PLANS | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“The bloody protests in Turkey aren’t just about urban design, but it was a plan to redesign Taksim Square that sparked the original demonstrations.”

A Restorative Landscape for Stamford | Will Belcher, RLA | OLIN blog
“Residents gathered for a weekend of festivities along the banks of Mill River, commemorating the long anticipated 14-acre park and river restoration by the Army Corps of Engineers and park design by OLIN”

“Urban Forest” by Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim | First Street Green
“FIRST STREET GREEN is pleased to announce to the winning proposal for the 2013 PUBLIC SUMMER Pavilion, “Urban Forest” by Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim. This proposal is currently being reviewed by NYC Parks & Recreation and is pending approval from DPR.”

“designer Stephen Burks takes us to the High Line and explains how the elevated park is helping to transform the surrounding areas of the city.” (needs to remember the Highline was designed by JCFO not just DSR)

Five Modernist Landscape Architects | G. Ryan Smith | Land 8
“Below are five modernist landscape architects whose work you should be familiar with….”

Exploring Melbourne’s underlying landscape | Zoe Nikakis | The Age
“Different Australian landscapes, the ways in which they came into being and the people who were instrumental in their creation are the focus of Dr Saniga’s book, the first in-depth look at Australian landscape architecture.”

Working in China: A Chat with Barry | Archinect
A chat with Barry Witherspoon, a landscape architect and contributing author at Archinect. Barry has been living and working as an architect in China and talks about his experiences. (version previously appeared in Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Building 877, the Island’s largest non-historic building, was imploded at 7:36 AM on Sunday, June 9. The implosion of Building 877, the tallest non-historic building on Governors Island will open up extraordinary views of the Statue of Liberty. (Watch Video from 22:20)


From Sea To Shining Sea | feature-length film tracing the route of American settlement

Evan Mather, a landscape architect in Los Angeles has launched a kickstarter (crowd-source funding)campaign to celebrate National Month of Landscape Architecture. From Sea To Shining Sea will be a feature-length, time-lapse documentary film, tracing the route of American settlement from Jamestown, Virginia to San Francisco, California primarily via the Interstate Highway System.
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New London Landscape website launched

The Landscape Institute has launched a new website – New London Landscape. The website was inspired by the Highline for London design competition and is a showcase of green infrastructure ideas for the capital. New London Landscape allows visitors to explore the 100 previously unseen designs from the recent ‘High Line for London’ competition. The showcase offers a critique of the capital’s existing green infrastructure and suggests a 100 possible futures. The website maps each of the projects and also gives a details of each project. Users can also browse through the projects by category including bio-diversity, connectivity, new parks, lost rivers, transport, urban greening and water.

More information at  New London Landscape.

JUST ARRIVED | Landscape

Just arrived in the WLA mailbox is the Autumn edition of Landscape – The Journal of the Landscape Institute. This edition covers the Landscape Institute Awards 2012 and also a few interesting articles about 2016 Olympics Rio masterplan, Remaking Cities and the Highline for London Competition. The section I enjoyed reading was Debate – Should landscape architects be activists?. Landscape is published quarterly by the Landscape Institute.

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