As an instructor in a college of architecture, who teaches site design, I found this book to be a wealth of information and inspiration. I will use it in my teaching to illustrate what can be done to integrate site and structure. In a world gone mad, or so it seems at times, it is refreshing to see really great design. I only wish this kind of information made it to the news. It is a celebration of great ideals and design. I must applaud those, the Friends of the High Line, for a truly remarkable achievement. I didn't just read the book, I devoured it. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to inspire young people with excellent design that transcends fads and "isms".
This visually-rich book about reclaiming and designing the new Highline "slow" park in New York City is as fascinating in its conception and design as it is as a source of information about this project. The project documents the Friends of the Highline's efforts to turn an historic abandoned (and reclaimed by nature over the years) elevated railway slated for demolition into a beautiful slow park that at times meanders through buildings and comprises areas to stroll leisurely and relax. My favorite chart from the book is one showing the gradual increase of flora and fauna over time with images of birds and plants. This book is an inspiring reference for visual and information designers as much as it is an overview of this urban landscape architecture project. I highly recommend it for both purposes. It was also inspiring to read about the determination of a community group (Friends of the Highline) to make this project a reality. More about the Highline park in New York City: [...]
A personalized story of the long fight to get New York Politicos and taxpayers to accept that keeping an abandoned elevated rail line could be a great gift to New Yorkers and visitors. Nobody now thinks this was a mistake, in fact people are overwhelmed with the esthetics and practicality of the structure and nearby property owners are jumping with joy at being part of a thing of beauty that is also so cool it sizzles!