The subject of this research thesis The New York High Line Park by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro as an example of Landscape Urbanism, is the alteration of a New York City railway line – that was a urban void for years – in a public, modern park, which is considered one of the most transformedurban parks in the world. High Line incorporates the spirit of New York through its exceptional history: innovation, regeneration and development. The reader has the opportunity to get to know the history of the railway, to study an in-depth architectural analysis of the project, to learn about the parks social impact and to navigate the lines of the High Line.
The High Line has set new standards in the global public spaces and changed once
and for all the way architecture deals with parks and their place in urban life.
The aim of the thesis is an in depth analysis of that project, the significance
of the park and at the same time deal with the questions that arise. The thesis
has a global view for one of the most significant works of our time, as
according to the research, there is nothing of any resemblance neither in Greek
nor in the world bibliography.
The thesis tries to shed some light about the definition and the questions that arise.
After an in depth analysis of that project, one can question if the High Line is indeed
a good example of urban designing, should future designers take the high line as an
exemplary model; and if not which are the characteristics that make a good example or not.