Gallery: INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line...


NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful life. By turning an abandoned, elevated freight train track into a public park, this project has redefined the New York experience, affording never-before seen views of the city’s surrounding natural landscape as well as an expansive and intimate look into one of the world’s most dynamic urban environments. With the completion of the rest of the High Line currently in the works, we couldn’t think of a better time to catch up with one of the brilliant minds behind the design of this beautiful public space. I recently sat down with landscape architect James Corner, the lead designer behind the High Line, to get his personal perspective on the what it was like to take an abandoned train track and turn it into one of NYC’s best loved spots of greenery. Read on for my exclusive interview with James Corner below…

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  1. hortus5 November 1, 2014 at 10:52 am

    What would the High Line be without the plants? Really wish the “landscape” architect would have mentioned Piet Oudolf’s contribution and collaboration on the High Line. The omission leads readers to assume that the plantings were entirely conceived and created by Mr. Corner. I feel a very large part of the High Line’s success is due to the horticulture component. Proper credit should be give where credit is due.

  2. MattCicle7 March 18, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    LANDSCAPE architect!!!

  3. anothervoice July 25, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Jill –

    Has there been any review of the change in property values adjacent to the Highline Park?

  4. quercuslogica June 25, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Slight correction to the title of the article, James Corner is a Landscape Architect.

  5. eileen April 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I love this !!

  6. anothervoice April 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Easily my favorite urban park. Or any park for that matter. And for me the value is more than doubled because the referential design approach lost nothing of the original derelict. That aspect was kept and amplified and enhanced and there’s such a richness to this space. New Yorkers are indeed lucky and I hope to have an opportunity to visit the park in person one day.

  7. jillyt November 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    And, I wish they would start using the street ampitheater for performing arts events — what a perfect venue!

  8. jillyt November 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I love this park so much! I had the chance to sneak in in 2004, pre development, and will always feel like a supersleuth when I visit the public version now. What a great reclamation.

  9. Michael Van Valkenburgh... September 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    […] of the highlights of the proposed plan include lowering the I-70 as it runs downtown and creating a rooftop park that will connect the memorial to both the downtown area and the Old Courthouse. Moreover a larger […]

  10. Main Station Stuttgart:... August 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    […] the tracks 12 meters below the surface and open up the space for a 42,000 sq meter public park. The new urban park will also extend into the adjacent “Schlossgarten” or castle gardens, which act as the […]

  11. Diane Pham August 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Such a thoughtful design in terms of urban experience, nature, history and so much more. James Corner is truly talented and definitely understands the importance of adaptive reuse of public areas for just that – the public.

  12. scantando August 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you for providing this interview! I would like to visit the park at some point. I have only ever seen it as The Bolt Bus I was riding drove by it. I live in Philly and I am waiting for this city to step it up and start innovating with these unique green renovation projects. I am a believer that many of the sustainable efforts that are going to happen in the future will involve upgrading existing infrastructure rather than new construction.

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