New York City’s High Line

The High Line in New York City is a 1.45-mile-long structure built in the 1930s to carry freight trains. It runs from the Meatpacking District, through West Chelsea, and ends at 34th Street, next to the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The last train ran on it in 1980. It is now being remade into a landscaped set of gardens right in the middle of the city. The first section, from from Gansevoort Street (between 10th and 11th) to 20th Street is now open. I walked it last week with my family and it really is an amazing feat. You can stand 20 feet above the traffic in the middle of a meadow and see the Empire State Building in the distance.

The plants were specifically chosen to be like those that grew naturally when the rail line was abandoned. It gives you the feel of what the city would be like without people (like in the movie I am Legend). Some of the original rails are left in place and the concrete has been designed to evoke the shape of the old wooden ties. Some areas have seating and lounge chairs with wheels on them that ride the rails.

The video below was shot before the High Line opened but give you a good idea of the design. This is a great use for an abandoned structure and really brings a small slice of the countryside into the big city.



January 17, 2017

Former Industrialized Area in Belgium Transformed Into Futuristic Eco-Village

Belgian ecological designer Vincent Callebaut is a master of green sustainable architecture. With his new conceptual project, he creates yet another environmentally sensitive fantasy land, this time transforming Brussels’ historic Tour & Taxis. The resulting concept is a sleek, futuristic eco-village that any young professional would love to call home. As a former industrial site, Tour & Taxis was once a symbol of the golden age of Industrialization, and its approximately 100 acres (40 hectares)

Read Article


January 17, 2017

Liberating Portraits of Ballerinas Elegantly Dancing in the Streets of Cairo

Like many dance photographers, Mohamed Taher has a knack for beautifully capturing the body in motion. His interest in movement is evident in his Ballerinas of Cairo series, and the captivating collection of photos also serves a more poignant purpose: it helps women fight sexual harassment and reclaim the city’s streets. After learning about the Ballerina Project, an ongoing series that documents dancers in urban settings across the globe, Taher was inspired to carry out a similar undertaking in the Egyptian capital.

Read Article


Get Our Weekly Newsletter