Deconstructing the High Line: A Public Symposium
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College 65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003
The High Line, an innovative promenade created on a disused elevated railway in Manhattan, is widely recognized as among the most iconic urban landmarks of the 21st century. It has stimulated public interest in landscape design while simultaneously re-integrating an industrial relic into the everyday life of New York City. Since its opening in 2009, this unique greenway has exceeded expectations in terms of attracting visitors, investment, and property development to Manhattan's West Side, and is widely celebrated as a monument to community-led activism, adaptive re-use of urban infrastructure, and innovative ecological design. It has also inspired a worldwide proliferation of similar proposals seeking to capitalize on the repurposing of disused urban infrastructure for postindustrial revitalization.
Providing a much-needed critical perspective, this interdisciplinary symposium will interrogate the High Line’s relation to public space, creative practice, urban renewal, ecology, and public policy. The event brings together scholars from urban studies, geography, cultural analysis, art, and architecture.
First Panel: The Contexts of an Elevated Urbanism
Joseph Heathcott, Moderator
Associate Professor of Urban Studies at The New School and urbanist
Christoph Lindner, cultural theorist at University of Amsterdam and editor of the book series "Cities and Cultures" for the university's press
Şevin Yildiz, architect, planner, and Assistant Professor at Barnard College and the New Jersey Institute of Technology
Erika Svendsen, research social scientist for the U.S. Forest Service
Second Panel: The High Line from Neighborhood to Global Stage
Brian Rosa, geographer and faculty in the Department of Urban Studies at Queens College and co-editor with Christoph Lindner of the forthcoming book Deconstructing the High Line
Julian Brash, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University, anthropologist, and author of Bloomberg's New York
Scott Larson, geographer and faculty in the Department of Urban Studies at Queens College, urban geographer, and author of Building Like Moses with Jacobs in Mind
Danya Sherman, Masters of City Planning candidate at MIT and former Director of Public Programs, Education & Community Engagement at Friends of the High Line
Those attending are invited to join a reception and short presentation immediately following the symposium to mark the publication of Christoph Lindner’s new book on New York City, Imagining New York City: Literature, Urbanism and the Visual Arts (Oxford University Press, 2015).
Deconstructing the High Line is co-sponsored by the Urban Studies program at the Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students at The New School, the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School, the Department of Urban Studies at Queens College-CUNY, and the Amsterdam Center for Globalisation Studies.
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Free and open to the public; no RSVP required; seating is first come, first served
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