Press File: The “Happy Couple” on the Daily Beast

Earlier this summer, the Daily Beast‘s Matthew Dakotah interviewed co-founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond on their thoughts about the High Line’s opening season. The piece is now up, and offers a nice look into the minds of the guys behind the park. In it, Robert and Josh dish on their doubts and surprises along the way, what didn’t make it into the final designs, and how their own lives have changed over the past 10 years.  Josh on why the design team of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro was selected:

“They understood the appeal of a forbidden landscape. The way we visited the High Line before it was opened to the public was surreptitious, and you had to find secret ways of getting to it. In one of their presentations they used the word “illicit,” and that was my version of “you had me at hello”. They had me at illicit. I’ve really come to love the 14th Street stair because it has that same sense of mystery. It captures the essence of what it used to feel like to go into that hidden park.”

Summer Lovers [The Daily Beast]

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