This stunning book from Phaidon is a work of art in itself—a first-hand, behind-the-scenes visual history of the High Line. It’s overflowing with fascinating photographs, source texts, artifacts, and media clippings, covering the origins of the High Line through its planning and construction, as well as its opening as one of New York City’s most celebrated public spaces.
The story starts with the High Line’s days as an elevated freight rail, in the decades when the Meatpacking District was actually for packing meat. The rapid changes of the neighborhood over the past century, including the unforeseen influence of the park itself, are documented in obsessive detail. With interviews about the designers’ vision for a “surreal urban meadow,” as well as the previously unpublished materials original proposal drawings, this coffee table book is a must-have for architects, landscape designers, urban planners, design enthusiasts, and anyone enchanted with the High Line.
Hardcover; 452 pages.