The projects profiled here are the result of a green infrastructure ideas competition inspired by New York City’s High Line. ‘A High Line for London’ was run by the Landscape Institute in partnership with the Mayor of London and Garden Museum in July 2012.
The brief was to create a public design project that goes beyond the commonly accepted role of urban parks and engages communities with the benefits of green infrastructure.
It is the Landscape Institute’s most successful design competition to date, generating 170 entries from countries including China, USA, Brazil and India, and from across the design professions, with radical ideas for bringing hidden, forgotten and abandoned places into use as new green public spaces.
The proposals, and the enthusiastic reception they received in the mainstream media, speak volumes about how important it is to make the most of our green infrastructure in designing our cities.
The winner was chosen from a shortlist of 20 projects and announced on 8 October by the founders of New York’s High Line, Joshua David and Robert Hammond, at the Garden Museum’s High Line Symposium.
The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side in New York City.
Owned by the City of New York and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line, its transformation from an industrial relic was led by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations with architects Diller Scofido + Renfro and planting designer Piet Oudolf. More than 3.7 million people visited the High Line in 2011.