Uma estrutura de linha férrea elevada estava abandonada na cidade de Nova York há quase 30 anos, seu destino era ser demolida até o fotógrafo Joel Sternfeld conseguiu sensibilizar com suas fotos a resposta que o meio havia dado para aquele abandono ... a vegetação havia tomado conta da linha e assim surgiu a Associação dos Amigos da Linha Elevada que queria preservar a estrutura , até chegarem a decisão de promover um consurso para transformá-la em um parque linear devolvendo vida aquele local e aumentando a qualidade do espaço. Após 5 anos o trabalho foi completado e os pedestres nào precisam ficar mais transitando ao lado de caminhões e ônibus. O bom é que essa idéia se espalhou pelas principais cidades dos EUA e hoje São Francisco possui a Bay Line com os mesmos conceitos e a cidade de Chicago se prepara para fazer o mesmo com a Bloomindgale Ray Line, quem sabe essa moda não chega até São Paulo e chega até nosso minhocão ????
Quem quiser assitir tem uma entrevista no you tube com os arquitetos e envolvidos com o projeto de NYC : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIerTFnRiR4
An elevated park in the sky built on top of the skeleton of an old rail system? It may have sounded impossible only five years ago, but today, the eagerly awaited High Line elevated urban park officially opens for thousands of New Yorkers looking to escape the hubbub of the city below!
The new park was renovated / designed by James Corner Field Operations, Lead Designer, with starchitects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The High Line was originally constructed in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District in the 1930s to lift dangerous freight trains off of city streets. Abandoned in the 1980’s the High Line went into decay and disrepair and was rediscovered in popular consciousness in 2000, after acclaimed photographer Joel Sternfeld captured the beauty of the industrial relic in photos: overgrown with wildflowers — an abandoned human structure essentially reclaimed by nature in a matter of 20 years.
The City of New York was originally planning to tear down the High Line, but a group formed, called ‘Friends of the High Line’, to protect, preserve, and renovate the High Line. This eventually lead to a design competition, and the commissioning of landscape architects James Corner Field Operations and architects Diller Scodifio + Renfro to rehabilitate this abandoned space into a lush, green, elevated paradise for Manhattanites.
The most prominent features of the long and winding park are the preserved rail tracks that poke out through the porous layer of concrete that has been cut away in strips here and there emphasizing a linear aesthetic. Lush shrubbery, reedy grasses and watercolor-hued flowers surround the rust-red tracks in a way that seems deliberate yet natural. Farther down along the meandering pathway, sunbathers relaxed on blocky wooden chaise lounges, some of which have casters that look like they can roll right along the tracks (although they can’t, we tried). Vistas that were unseen to most New Yorkers, like a view of the clubs in the Meatpacking district from above and peeks into the posh lofts that are at the same level as the High Line were visible, for the very first time, from here. (http://www.inhabitat.com/)