This Weekend: Openhousenewyork on the High Line!


For the seventh year, Friends of the High Line will participate in the annual openhousenewyork weekend; the largest architect and design event in America. This year, our first year of participation with the park open to the public, we invite guests to join us on the High Line for a series of eight engaging talks led by people involved in various aspects of the design, planning and construction process. These lectures will provide deeper insight into the story of the transformation of the High Line from an abandoned freight line to a successful public space.

This years OHNY weekend will take place on Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th. Please note: an error in the OHNY brochure asks guests to RSVP. RSVP’s are not being accepted for this years OHNY weekend on the High Line. All lectures are first come first served.

All talks will take place in the 14th Street passage on the High Line, just South of the 14th Street stairs. All talks will take place rain or shine. We look forward to seeing you there!

Read more for a full schedule.

Saturday, October 10th:

10:00 AM
Peter Mullan: The Unbuilt High Line: Designs from the Cutting Room Floor
Friends of the High Line Director of Planning Peter Mullan tells the story of the design ideas for the High Line that didn’t make the cut.

11:30 AM
Patrick Cullina: Landscapes in Context: The High Line’s Horticulture 
Friends of the High Line Vice President of Horticulture and Park Operations discusses the High Line’s horticulture within the context of the larger urban setting.

5:00 PM
Lisa Switkin: hardscape | softscape
Associate Principal at James Corner Field Operations and Lead Designer for the High Line Lisa Switkin discusses the design process from concept through execution.

6:30 PM
Herve Descottes: Illuminating the High Line
Architectural Lighting Designer and Principal of L’Observatoire International Inc. Herve Descottes discusses the unique lighting structure for the High Line.


Sunday, October 11:

10:00 AM
Nat Oppenheimer: Engineering the High Line
Nat Oppenheimer, A Principal at the structural engineering firm Robert Silman Associates, discusses the difficulties involved in engineering a park 30 feet in the air.

11:30 AM
Lauren Ross: Innovation, Transformation, and Chance Encounters: Art on the High Line
Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator & Director of Arts Programs Lauren Ross discusses artwork on the High Line – past, present, and future.

5:00 PM
John Alschuler: Parks in Post-Industrial New York: The High Line
Chairman of HR&A Advisors and Friends of the High Line board chair John Alschuler discusses the High Line’s transformation from a disused railway into a celebrated open space within the context of the far West side, and the subsequent transformation and rebirth of the far West side as a bustling community.

6:30 PM
Robert Hammond: How We Built the High Line
Executive Director and Co-Founder of Friends of the High Line Robert Hammond discusses the process of turning the High Line from a dream into a reality.


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