When thinking of one project that has influenced me the most it is challenging to reference just one. As a Landscape Architect there are many projects that provide influence in many different ways. The High Line in New York City touches on many design influences that speak to me. At the core I became a Landscape Architect to be a steward of the land. Although the High Line is a manufactured structure it provides a rich natural environment in a built world. As a steward there is a necessity to use what previously exists and improve upon it.
The High Line is and abandoned elevated rail line that sat dormant and was planned to be demolished. Instead it was adopted by the city and transformed into public open space, a pedestrian corridor, and an aesthetic green roof. It includes thoughtful detailing that blends hardscape with landscaping. Open spaces with sitting areas, ADA access, and community gardens. It has put a green corridor in the middle of a city without room to create open space of this scale. It inherently separates foot traffic from the street level and provides an oasis. Although natural landscapes are a focus, urban design has also been a large part of my career. The High Line is both of these.