Highline Project

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New York City’s much anticipated Highline project opened section 1 last month.  The project, initiated by two NY residents and designed by James Corner Field Operations and  Diller Scofidio + Renfro, has preserved and re-imagined a 1930’s elevated railway track into a wild parkland above the city.  This has to be one of the best pieces of urban regeneration coupled with historical storytelling we have seen and Glasgow could well benefit from a similar scheme. Over the last few years a couple of GSA students have been so inspired by the scheme that they have suggested similar concepts for the disused railway line which runs above Glasgow from the East end to the South side which is not a bad idea at all. (see map below) Most cities will have abandoned elements of ancient infrastructure and this is an obvious way in which to reinvent these without destroying the cultural heritage they carry.

In a video interview for Time magazine Ricardo Scofidio, architect for the project says, ‘people up here will walk 20 blocks which they would never do 30 feet below us…people stroll, the blood pressure, the New York angst drops down.” Granted, Glasgow blood pressure may be a little lower than New York and people do walk in our city.  However, the opportunity to re-use what is an existing eye-sore and to view the people and architecture of Glasgow from a different perspective would be wonderful.  For more info see, http://www.thehighline.org/

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