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VIDEO: Liz Diller on the High Line, A Mile of Respite in the City that Never Sleeps

VIDEO: Liz Diller on the High Line, A Mile of Respite in the City that Never Sleeps

Liz Diller, one of the three partners of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, discusses the history of the High Line and the active design decisions which led to its success.

The elevated railroad, which was designed to penetrate city blocks rather than parallel an avenue, saw its last delivery (of frozen turkeys) in 1980. By 1999, a “very strange landscape had formed, with a whole eco system around it,” says Diller. Advocacy for the site’s preservation began with two local residents, and culminated in its reclamation with the multidisciplinary collaboration of city officials and impassioned designers (namely James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and planting designer Piet Oudolf). "The High Line project couldn’t have happened without the right people, the right time and the right administration."

VIDEO: Liz Diller on the High Line, A Mile of Respite in the City that Never Sleeps, The High Line © Iwan Baan
The High Line © Iwan Baan

Today, thirty-feet above the hardscape in the canopy of the New York City jungle, the High Line pauses for a meditative mile. “The high line, if it’s about anything, it’s about nothing, about doing nothing. You can walk and sit, but you can’t be productive,” comments Diller.

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Cite: Andrew Gipe. "VIDEO: Liz Diller on the High Line, A Mile of Respite in the City that Never Sleeps" 22 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/479794/video-liz-diller-on-the-high-line-a-mile-of-respite-in-the-city-that-never-sleeps/> ISSN 0719-8884
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