Ever heard anyone lament about lack of green space in an already-congested concrete jungle? It is a justifiable excuse for not having any greenery and creating green spaces in the middle of the city is simply not politically or economically feasible. New York City plans to work its way around (literally) this anomaly. Designs for an elevated walkway, stretching over 22 blocks has been unveiled at the Museum of Modern Art on Thursday. A mile-and-a-half of raised curvilinear boardwalk between the 10th and 11th Ave. in Manhattan will include a walkway surrounded by greenery, even a wetland with lily pads — all 30 feet from the ground. The walkway will rest on the existing Highline — an abandoned rail line.
An innovative design in landscape architecture and urban design, it however has to be wary of a fast-changing urbanscape surrounding it since the walkway is expected to pass through or about various new buildings, some of which are still unbuilt. The Highline currently doesn’t have access for the public due to concerns for the ecosystem in place but that is expected to change soon in order to foster the co-existence of the environment and people.
Still, I am unable to grasp the actual implementation of the project. I might have to hop over to the MoMA to take a look at the 20-foot-long architectural model. I hope to squeeze in a visit when I am in New York in the week of May 19th.