INTERVIEW: Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park
Jill: What originally attracted you to the High Line project?
James: The High Line had its own mythology long before we came along. In particular, the‘Friends of the High Line’ were instrumental in creating this distinct image around the High Line – they established an aura that projected an idea that this was in fact a post-industrial artifact maintaining a sense of melancholy and other-worldliness in a city context that, by contrast, was ever-evolving and modernizing.
But to take that detail and to actually instill and transform it into a public landscape where people can stroll, sit and enjoy amazing vistas across the city was too great an opportunity to pass up.