Paul Geraedts

The High Line hype: which city is next?

The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail. It was created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. (Wikipedia)

Ever since New York opened the High line back in 2011, cities around the world have been looking at its success with fascination. Creating a 1.5 kilometer long park out of an elevated and abandoned rail track is a creative way of urban planning. So which cities are in the race to build the next High Line?

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1. London’s The Tide

Perhaps the European city that comes closest to New York would be London, and therefore it is no surprise that this city has created a completely unique answer to the New York City High Line and named it The Tide. This 3 mile (4.8 km) long elevated park along the river Thames in the Greenwich Peninsula has been designed with a lot of famous designers and artists (such as sculpturist Damien Hirst), as well as with some help of… the co-creators of the New York High Line! Let’s just say they know where the knowledge is.

An impression of The Tide
video credit: BBC London

2. Rotterdam’s De Hofbogen

If there is one city in The Netherlands that loves to try out new architectural and urban planning concepts, it would be Rotterdam. Bombed at the start of World War Two, the second biggest city in the country is using its urban space and lack of historical center to an advantage, and is rapidly developing into a metropolis that hosts modern architectural highlights from the likes of Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas (native from Rotterdam) and Norman Foster.

Similar as in New York, this Dutch answer to the High Line will be built on an abandoned railway viaduct in the vicinity of the old train station Hofplein. On this 1.9 kilometer long former track, the first works have started to create a park that will connect the city center with the northern part of the city and offer recreational space and greenery while doing so. As of now, it is not yet clear when this project will be completely finished. Parts of the park are already open to visitors.

3. Sydney’s Harbour High Line project

Sunny Australia would be an excellent place to create a High Line-esque park. The biggest city in the country, Sydney, has now approved plans for a 3.3 km long High Line along its Harbour coast, on an already in 1932 abandoned railway line. Plans have been approved and construction is supposed to start soon. As of mid-2019, not much is yet to see, but the artist’s impressions look very promising.

Urban planning: the Xuver way

Re-purposing an existing structure such as an abandoned railway viaduct into a city park requires a fair bit of urban planning and designing. Stakeholders, local residents and municipality officials need to be informed before any decision can be made. With Xuver, you can convert your 3D model into a 3D version that can be accessed inside the browser, after which everyone can walk around freely inside the 3D version of the project. The video below will give you an idea of what that looks like.

Walk around inside a 3D version of your project, in this case, a museum with a park.
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So are you designing the next High Line or are your 3D designs a bit more modest? Either way, Xuver is a useful tool for architects (interior and exterior), urban planners and other 3D designers to show your clients around in your 3D designs and get everyone informed in no-time. Would you like to learn more about how Xuver works? We recommend reading this article. Or sign up for our 2-week free trial by using the button below and start sharing and showing your 3D designs online today!

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