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A proposal by Michael Valkenburgh to create the Highline.

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Highline valkenburgh presentation

  1. 1. About Valkenburgh - Born in Lexington, New York - Received Bachelor of Science from the College of Agriculture at Cornell University - Founded his own firm in 1982, called Michael van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (MVVA for short) - Received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, allowing him to experiment with ice in landscape design - Received the Rome Prize in 1988 from the American Academy in Rome
  2. 2. About MVVA, Inc. A landscape architecture firm Creates environmentally sustainable and experientially rich places Has been involved in mainly parks, public landscapes, campuses and gardens Works closely with urban planners, architects, engineers, and ecologists; emerged as an innovative leader of multidisciplinary urban design teams Has offices in Brooklyn, New York and Cambridge, MA; currently has a staff of 65 members, led by three principals, Laura Solano, Matthew Ubanski and Michael van Valkenburgh
  3. 3. - Founded by Julie Bargmann; described as a “critical design process”- An international architecture firm founded by John H. Beyer, RichardBlinder, and John Belle
  4. 4. Plans for the Highline - Team responsible for the project called TerraGRAM - Sought to combine resources provided by the city and create a “floating garden” atop the abandoned railway - Picture specifies the species of plants that they plan to use and how the budget would be divided
  5. 5. Pathways for Highline - TerraGRAM planned on using a meandering path rather than a straight path - Picture shows paths winding left and right, with vegetation going from right to left on opposite sides of the viewer - Three major landmarks included; the Urban Canyon, The Skyline View, and the Hudson River Outlook - Use perforated steel so that the plants could grow through the holes - Also featured vistas posted alongside buildings
  6. 6. A Grand Entrance - TerraGRAM wanted the people not to just walk up into the park and experience it from above, but wanted the experience to start the moment you set foot on the stairs - Planned for two types of stairways; the fast stair and the slow stair - Slow stair allowed people to watch the oncoming scenery while ascending into the Highline - Instead of having stairways at the sides, they planned to have it placed in the middle of the Highline, with plants growing on the sides
  7. 7. The Low Line - Also wanted to develop the “Low Line,” the street level underneath the Highline - Wanted to create a network of public spaces that supports the district - Planned to achieve this incrementally, by means of zoning bonuses that encourage investment - The investment would develop the Low Line, further altering the Highline to become a place of grandeur and splendor