As the project lead for the High Line, James Corner Field Operations led the design and construction of this 23 city block-long elevated railway reclaimed as an extraordinary public space in the heart of Manhattan’s West Side. Since its opening in 2009, the High Line is lauded as an icon for innovative design, a defining feature in its neighborhood, a powerful catalyst for investment and an inspiration to cities worldwide. 

The design is characterized by an intimate choreography of movement, with alternating vistas and experiences. Distinctive paving, planting, furnishing, lighting and social spaces create an authentic and memorable New York City experience. The High Line is widely recognized as a huge success and demonstrates the value in creating new and fresh public spaces in the city. The High Line design is a collaboration between Field Operations (Project Lead), Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Piet Oudolf. The client is a private-public partnership between the City of New York and Friends of the High Line.