Design Team Selection

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The High Line design team is a collaboration between landscape architecture and urban design firm James Corner Field Operations and with architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro and many other designers, analysts and engineers. A complete list of the High Line design team can be found here.


2004 Design Team Selection

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In 2004, Friends of the High Line and the City of New York partnered to select the High Line's design team. The selection process ran for six months, starting in March 2004. 52 teams, each of which included experts from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, art, urban planning, horticulture, and numerous other relevant disciplines, responded to the original Request for Qualifications. Seven teams were short-listed, and the list of seven was then narrowed to the four finalist teams. The four finalists were each asked to present a proposed design approach to the High Line. Their submissions were exhibited for the public at New York City's Center for Architecture in summer 2004. These designs were not intended to be final plans, but rather illustrations of the direction each team would take the project if selected. The design approaches proposed by the four finalists can be viewed below.


In October 2004, a Steering Committee made up of representatives from the City of New York and Friends of the High Line selected the team of James Corner Field Operations (landscape architecture) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (architecture) to begin design work on the High Line.

2003 Ideas Competition

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In January 2003, Friends of the High Line launched Designing the High Line, an open, international ideas competition, soliciting innovative proposals for the High Line's reuse. Entries did not have to be practical or realistic. Entrants were encouraged to be bold and forward-thinking—to create visions as unique and unexpected as the High Line itself.

720 individuals and teams from 36 countries submitted proposals to the 2003 Ideas Competition. These were evaluated by a renowned panel of jurors in May 2003. The four principal winners, three special award winners, ten honorable mentions, and more than 150 other noteworthy proposals were displayed at Grand Central Terminal in July 2003.

View the 2003 Competition Web Site