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Students Design a High Line-Style Park for Philadelphia’s Abandoned Reading Railroad
Posted By Lori Zimmer On October 14, 2012 @ 12:03 pm In Architecture,Landscape Architecture,Urban design | No Comments
The exhibition, called “Above, Below, Beyond: Futures for a Former Railroad ”, was conceived by the students as a way to bring the abandoned railroad into conversation, hopefully inciting interest – even if it would mean the spurring other (competing) ideas. The Reading Viaduct  and VIADUCTgreen  have also designed plans, and the students hope that their exhibition will open a dialogue between the three groups to actually move forward on transforming the 1890s elevated railroad  into useful park space.
The plans emphasize the rich wild vegetation currently overgrowing the abandoned track that weaves in and out of many of Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods. Over three miles of track inhabits the city, and with it an endless possibility for elevated park space . The exhibition will showcase different students’ plans, from a sculpture park to a bike path to a concert venue, each illustrated with design plans and models.
The railroad also runs parallel to the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, also known as the Museum Mile, as it is lined with premier cultural institutions. This puts the railroad track  into the spotlight; with what the High Line has done for New York, this initiative could do for Philadelphia, especially in such close proximity of the museums.
The exhibition will run from October 12th to November 30th, hopefully inspiring the city to take advantage of this great underused space.
Via ArchDaily 
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URLs in this post:
 High Line Park: http://inhabitat.com/new-yorks-high-line-park-in-the-sky-opens-today/
 High Line-like plan: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/exclusive-photos-of-new-york-citys-high-line-park-section-2/
 Next American City’s Storefront for Urban Innovation: http://americancity.org/storefront
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/students-design-a-high-line-style-park-for-philadelphias-abandoned-reading-railroad/above-below-beyond-philadelphia3/
 Above, Below, Beyond: Futures for a Former Railroad: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/348743890/above-l-below-l-beyond-futures-for-a-former-railro
 Reading Viaduct: http://readingviaduct.org/
 VIADUCTgreen: http://www.viaductgreen.org/
 transforming the 1890s elevated railroad: http://inhabitat.com/mexico-city-will-get-its-own-greenery-filled-high-line-park-in-2012/
 elevated park space: http://inhabitat.com/paris-promenade-plantee-gave-inspiration-to-new-yorks-high-line-park/
 railroad track: http://inhabitat.com/philadelphia-unveils-their-own-elevated-rail-park-for-the-abandoned-reading-viaduct/
 ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/280449/a-high-line-makeover-for-a-former-railroad-in-philly/
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