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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
March 3, 2003

Design Competition Update

Exhibition Scheduled For Grand Central Terminal
Juror List Finalized
Schedule and Fees
For full competition information and registration, go to http://www.thehighline.org/competition/


"Designing the High Line," FHL's open ideas competition, will culminate in a large-scale exhibition in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, July 9-26. All winning entries, and as many others as possible, will be exhibited for the half-million visitors who pass through the terminal every day.

Friends of the High Line will host a series of events during the exhibition, including a major opening event, a major benefit party, and a series of public forums. An extensive press outreach strategy will focus national attention on the exhibition and its entries.

Like the High Line, Grand Central Terminal was built by the New York Central Railroad at the height of its power. The terminal is a monument to the importance of historic preservation in New York City, and the surrounding underground tracks, which were platformed over to create Park Avenue, are inspirational models of the ways transportation infrastructure can be used to create compelling public environments. We are very excited to use this exhibition as a way to realize the historical connection between GCT and the High Line.



Julie Bargmann: Landscape Architect and Professor of Landscape architecture at the University of Virginia
Vishaan Chakrabarti: Director of Manhattan Office, New York City Department of City Planning
John Lee Compton: Co-Chair Chelsea Preservation and Planning Committee, Manhattan Community Board No. 4
Lynne Cook: Curator, Dia Art Foundation
Steven Holl: Architect
Murray Moss: Owner, Moss
Marilyn Jordan Taylor: Chairman, Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Signe Nielsen: Landscape Architect and Urban Designer
Bernard Tschumi: Architect, Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
TBD: Friends of the High Line representative
Reed Kroloff: Competition Advisor



The competition's guidelines, registration, and background research are all online at http://www.thehighline.org/competition/

Questions Deadline: April 4, 2003
Answers Posted: April 21, 2003
Registration Deadline: April 25, 2003
Late Registration Deadline: May 16, 2003
Submission Deadline: May 23, 2003
Jury: May 30, 2003
Exhibition: July 9-26, 2003

Fees: $50.00 for individuals and teams registering before April 25th, 2003($100.00 after the 25th); $300.00 for university architecture studios (up to 15 entries per studio) registering before April 25th, 2003 ($450.00 after the 25th).

The competition is open to architects, landscape architects, horticulturalists, artists, engineers, community members, students, and all other interested parties.

Awards: The top prize is $5,000.00, followed by a $2,500.00 prize and a $1,000.00 prize. In addition, a prize will be awarded (prize-type to be determined) to the most compelling solution to the challenge of universal access to the structure's elevated rail platform. Also, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is sponsoring a "New York Heritage Award" prize (amount to be determined) for the best design incorporating the New York area's native plants and wildflowers.

To publicize the competition, we have printed a competition poster that will be mailed in the coming week. To encourage people to inform others of the competition, we will also have an HTML e-mail late this week that you can forward to friends and co-workers.


Friends of the High Line (FHL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and reuse of the High Line, an elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan.

Built in the 1930s as an elevated passageway for freight trains, the High Line runs for 1.5 miles, from 34th Street, along the edge of the Hudson River, through West Chelsea's tree-lined blocks and art galleries, into the heart of the Meat Packing District. Friends of the High Line believes this neglected landmark offers New Yorkers the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind recreational amenity: a grand, public promenade that can be enjoyed by all residents and visitors in New York City. Preservation and reuse will protect the High Line's potential for future transportation use and link the residential, cultural, commercial, and industrial components of these dynamic Manhattan neighborhoods.

For more information please visit the FHL website at www.thehighline.org or send e-mail to info@thehighline.org.


Though the future of the High Line looks much brighter now that the City of New York stands firmly behind efforts to create a great new public space on the structure, we still face many legal and financial challenges. By making an online donation, you will become part of an ever-growing group of supporters and will be invited to every major Friends of the High Line public event.


Click on the DONATE button above and fill in the secure form to donate online by personal check or credit card (Amex, Discover, Mastercard, Visa). Friends of the High Line uses PayPal, which lets any individual or business with an e-mail address securely send donations online.

To donate via a personal or business check, please mail check to Friends of the High Line, Hudson Guild, Room 225, 441 West 26th Street, New York, NY, 10001.


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