Garden Museum to host High Line founders

Garden Museum to host High Line founders

London’s Garden Museum is hosting the founders of New York City’s High Line, a public park in Manhattan, this autumn for a three-day symposium on design of urban green spaces.

The symposium, taking place at the Garden Museum from 5 – 8 October, will feature the High Line as a case study on innovative design in a built-up area.

During the event, industry practitioners and experts will meet to discuss intelligent and engaging design of green spaces and how to develop existing green infrastructure.

In partnership with the Landscape Institute, the Garden Museum will also showcase green design ideas in London. An open call for entries has been made, with shortlisted submissions being displayed throughout the event.

‘A High Line for London: Green Infrastructure Ideas Competition for a New London Landscape’ is open for entries until 14 September. More information can be found on the LI website

An expert panel that includes the High Line’s founders, Joshua David and Robert Hammond, will choose the winner.

During the symposium, David and Hammond will be speaking about the High Line for the first time outside of the US. 

Located on a 1.45 mile-long elevated rail structure in the heart of Manhattan, the High Line attracted more than 3.7 million visitors in 2011.

Some 12 years ago, a community meeting organised by New Yorkers was held to preserve the development, which, at the time, was an industrial relic in threat of demolition.

In subsequent years, several fundraisers were held to generate support for the project. Some of its biggest advocates include Dianne Von Furstenberg, Kevin Bacon and Ed Norton.

The project was opened to the public in 2009, to much acclaim. It is now regarded as a must-see attraction that has prompted experts to re-examine the role of urban green spaces in cultural cities. 

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