James Corner Field Operations (JCFO)—the architects behind the New York High Line—have been selected to develop the vision and master plan for a 10-mile linear park dubbed the Miami Underline in Miami, Florida. The park will revitalize the area beneath Miami’s Metrorail, creating a safe and vibrant urban trail for cyclists and pedestrians that will stretch from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station.
JCFO won out in a pool of 19 landscape architecture firms that sought to develop the plans for the Miami Underline. Initially, Friends of the Underline worked with students from the University of Miami Architecture School. Students within a studio class were each assigned a one mile stretch of the proposed Underline site (previously known as the Greenlink), in a project that envisiged the creation of an “art gallery, a sculpture garden, an elevated park, a soccer field, bike paths and a variety of landscapes along its path,” according to Gizmag.
JCFO will now work to refine that vision and create the Master Plan for the Underline, along with detailed designs for two specific sites—one located at the Brickell Station area and another at a location still to be determined. Overall, Friends of the Underline plan for a park that will create hundreds of acres of new green space and enhanced economic development, while JCFO adds that the space “will enhance connectivity, mobility, and biking safety for hundreds of thousands of Miami-Dade residents and visitors.”
It is expected that the Master Plan will be complete in September 2015, and that construction will begin in Spring of 2016.