Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park by Darren PatrickDeconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park by Darren Patrick

Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park

Contribution byDarren PatrickEditorChristoph Lindner

Paperback | May 15, 2017

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The High Line, an innovative promenade created on a disused elevated railway in Manhattan, is one of the world’s most iconic new urban landmarks. Since the opening of its first section in 2009, this unique greenway has exceeded all expectations in terms of attracting visitors, investment, and property development to Manhattan’s West Side. Frequently celebrated as a monument to community-led activism, adaptive re-use of urban infrastructure, and innovative ecological design, the High Line is being used as a model for numerous urban redevelopment plans proliferating worldwide.

Deconstructing the High Line is the first book to analyze the High Line from multiple perspectives, critically assessing its aesthetic, economic, ecological, symbolic, and social impacts. Including several essays by planners and architects directly involved in the High Line’s design, this volume also brings together a diverse range of scholars from the fields of urban studies, geography, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. Together, they offer insights into the project’s remarkable success, while also giving serious consideration to the critical charge that the High Line is “Disney World on the Hudson,” a project that has merely greened, sanitized, and gentrified an urban neighborhood while displacing longstanding residents and businesses.

Deconstructing the High Line is not just for New Yorkers, but for anyone interested in larger issues of public space, neoliberal redevelopment, creative design practice, and urban renewal.  

CHRISTOPH LINDNER is a professor and dean of architecture and allied arts at the University of Oregon in Eugene. His recent books include Imagining New York City: Literature, Urbanism, and the Visual Arts, as well as the edited volumes Global Garbage, Inert Cities, and Paris-Amsterdam Underground. BRIAN ROSA is an assistant professor o...
Title:Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated ParkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2017Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813576458

ISBN - 13:9780813576459


Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
High Line Timeline

Introduction: From Elevated Railway to Urban Park
Brian Rosa and Christoph Lindner

Part I    Envisioning the High Line
Chapter 1    Hunt’s Haunts
James Corner
Chapter 2    Community Engagement, Equity, and the High Line
Danya Sherman
Chapter 3    Loving the High Line: Infrastructure, Architecture, and the Politics of Space in the Mediated City
Alan Smart

Part II    Gentrification and the Neoliberal City
Chapter 4    Parks for Profit: Public Space and Inequality in New York City
Kevin Loughran
Chapter 5    Parks (In)Equity
Julian Brash
Chapter 6    Retro-Walking New York
Christoph Lindner

Part III    Urban Political Ecologies
Chapter 7    The Garden on the Machine
Tom Baker
Chapter 8    The Urban Sustainability Fix and the Rise of the Conservancy Park
Phil Birge-Liberman
Chapter 9    Of Success and Succession: A Queer Urban Ecology of the High Line
Darren J. Patrick

Part IV    The High Line Effect
Chapter 10    A High Line for Queens: Celebrating Diversity or Displacing It?
Scott Larson
Chapter 11    Programming Difference on Rotterdam’s Hofbogen
Daan Wesselman
Chapter 12    Public Space and Terrain Vague on São Paulo’s Minhocão: The High Line in Translation
Nate Millington

Notes on Contributors


Editorial Reviews

"At last! A smart book on the High Line that places it critically in both a local and a global frame! Since the High Line has quickly become a global pace maker among local place makers, this critical, multidimensional view is absolutely necessary to understand the political forces and aesthetic displacements that are reshaping our cities and our lives."