Laurence Tamaccio's tale is one that many New Yorkers will be able to relate to. The architect lives near Riverside Park South, which he feels is a generally aesthetically pleasing area except for the unsightly figure of the West Side Highway slicing between the neighborhood and the Hudson River. Tamaccio, whose firm, Design Destinations, specializes in facade renovations and aesthetic revamps, has come up with a novel solution that he feels would turn the eyesore into a source of pride for the whole community. Called the Vine Line, the proposal entails blanketing the side of the highway with leafy vertical ivy gardens and waterfalls to unite it with the adjacent park. Read on to see a video sent in by Shannon Ayala about how others in the community feel about the possibility of creating the Vine Line.
Although it sounds similar to the High Line, the Vine Line would not be a park in itself, but a green wall for the existing facade of the West Side Highway. Tamaccio’s proposed design consists of a lightweight trellis that could be attached to the side of the highway and then planted with ivy that would also work to clean the air. Other portions of the facade would be turned into waterfalls to create even more visual interest (though that particular element seems rather labor, fund and energy-intensive).
Ayala’s video shows differing views about the Vine Line proposal – some agree that the highway is an eyesore that they would like to see beautified, while others think it “adds character.” Tamaccio is currently petitioning his neighborhood to get behind his vision. If you would like to see the Vine Line come to fruition, sign the petition here.
Via Shannon Ayala and NYPress