HIGHLINE at The Rail Yards Phase 1 opens to the public

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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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BIG selected for the Smithsonian Institution Master Plan


BIG leading a Core Design Team including Surface Design(landscape), Traceries and Robert Silman Associates, further supported by Atelier Ten, GHT Limited , Wiles Mensch, Weidlinger Associates, VJ Associates, Protection Engineering Group and FDS Design Studio is today officially announced as the winning team to rethink the historic Smithsonian campus, world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.
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UN Memorial Competition | New York USA | Christopher Counts Studio with Artist Joseph Norman

UN Memorial Competition | New York USA | Christopher Counts Studio with Artist Joseph Norman

Christopher Counts Studio with Artist Joseph Norman proposal for UNESCO’s Permanent Memorial for the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade was created to blend an innovative 21st century design based on a ribbon form with a powerful interpretation of the Middle Passage. The concept for this proposal measures approximately 180 feet by 80 feet. However, this design concept is amorphous in its scope, scale and shape relative to the selected site.

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AIDS Memorial new design approved by Community Board

New York City AIDS Memorial new design approved by community board
The New York City AIDS Memorial organization recently announced that Community Board 2 has voted in favor of the new design for a memorial. The memorial will honor the 100,000+ New York City residents lost to AIDS and recognize the ongoing epidemic.

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