Chelsea residents and High Line neighbors Joshua David and Robert Hammond founded Friends of The High Line in 1999 with the goal of restoring the elevated, dilapidated train tracks to public use and turning the decaying infrastructure into an urban oasis for the community. Despite a mayor who tried to destroy the High Line (Guiliani), and a complete lack of interest at first from politicians and city officials, Friends of the High Line managed to gradually convince the community and ultimately the powers-that-be that this historic structure needed to be saved and turned into a park, and the first section of the restored park opened in 2009.
via PHOTOS: Iconic High Line Park in NYC Opens Final Section To Public | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
And thanks to the wild success of these exciting projects, other cities around the world are looking at innovative and environmentally friendly ways of reinventing the disused railways of their industrial past. Cleveland’s proposed Red Line Park is one of them.
via Could Cleveland’s Proposed Red Line Trail be the Next Linear Urban Park? | Urban Ghosts |.
Fletcher Priest Architects has won the competition to create a High Line for London with its “low line” design. The contest, inspired by New York’s High Line and aimed at “enriching the capital’s green infrastructure,” attracted 170 entries from a wide range of both well-known and new firms. The winning proposal, entitled “Pop Down,” is a scheme for an urban mushroom garden beneath Oxford Street.
Describing the winning proposal, the architects explain,
“Pop Down seeks to capitalize on a forgotten network of tunnels under London, an urban experience where visitors can embark on an expedition underground, entering, and exiting the tunnels from street level. The tunnels provide the ideal environment for an urban mushroom farm with the introduction of daylight through a series of sculptural glass-fibre ‘mushrooms’ at street level. These will highlight the route of the tunnel above ground and will convey daylight to the tunnels below through punctures along their length. The produce will serve new pop-up concept ‘Funghi’ restaurants and cafés at each entrance.”
Read the entire article via Architizer Blog » Urban Mushroom Garden Scheme Wins London’s High Line Competition.