Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Field Operations

“The preliminary design succeeds in preserving the High Line's tough industrial character without sentimentalizing it.”
Nicolai Ouroussoff
NY Times
The master plan for the High Line, a 1.5-mile-long historic elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan, is a design collaborative with Field Operations that also includes Olafur Eliasson, Piet Oudolf and Buro Happold.

“Inspired by the melancholic, unruly beauty of the High Line where nature has reclaimed a once vital piece of urban infrastructure, the team retools this industrial conveyance into a postindustrial instrument of leisure reflection about the very categories of “nature” and “culture” in our time. By changing the rules of engagement between plant life and pedestrians, our strategy of agri-tecture combines organic and building materials into a blend of changing proportions that accommodate the wild, the cultivated, the intimate, and the hyper-social.
In stark contrast to the speed of Hudson River Park, this parallel linear experience is marked by slowness, distraction and an other-worldliness that preserves the character of the High Line. Providing flexibility and responsiveness to the changing needs, opportunities, and desires of the dynamic context, our proposal is designed to remain perpetually unfinished.”
The Team

The design includes a giant outdoor movie screen, visible from the street, and a public swimming pool with an elevated sandy beach that turns into a toboggan run in the winter.
The team is supported by l’Observatoire, Robert Sillman Associates, ETM Associates, Philip Habib Associates, Williams Group, GRB, Control Point, Code Consultants, VJ Associates, DVS Associates, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Creative Time and Pentagram.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Field Operations

Friends of the High Line
Friends of the High Line is a nonprofit group that has been overseeing the development of the High Line elevated track,

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