The non-profit caretakers of the High Line
Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line, and to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line’s construction and create an endowment for its future operations.
World-class design and curating
The High Line design is a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations (Project Lead), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf.
Converting each section of the High Line from an out-of-use railroad trestle to a public landscape entailed more than two years of construction per section in a multi-step process.
The success of The High Line for me is that the programming was pre-existing due to the Friends of The High Line organisation being founded 6 years before work started to develop the disused elevated railway line into a public recreation space. The problem with introducing new public program into an existing structure or architecture is that the existing narrative and local history of the site influences casual and potential users, usually with an uncertainty on the public/private boundary and their perceived relationship to the space.