Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The High Line, New York, New York. 2004–05. Perspective of grasslands and planking system, 2004

This exhibition features Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s winning entry for the redesign of the High Line, a defunct, elevated railway bed that runs along Manhattan’s far West Side. The design was inspired by what the architects deem the “High Line’s melancholic, unruly beauty, in which nature has reclaimed a once vital piece of urban infrastructure.” Comprising a series of gardens in the form of pits, plains, bridges, mounds, ramps, and flyovers situated along the twenty-two-block expanse, the project aims to create and preserve experiences of slowness, otherworldliness, and distraction. The installation includes models and digital renderings of the most current phase of design, along with photographs by Joel Sternfeld that capture the railway bed’s present condition.

Organized by Tina di Carlo, Assistant Curator, Department of Architecture and Design.

The exhibition is made possible by IAC/InterActiveCorp, Millennium Partners, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

Additional support is provided by London Terrace Gardens, Handel Architects LLP, and Stormhouse Partners.

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