September 29, 2011
It’s amazing how much urban space is neglected, even wasted, in our post-industrial cities. Back lanes, roof tops, even the upper floors of all those 1930s pubs spread around town! It’s all grist to the smart architect’s mill: and one of the best, recent examples has to be New York’s Highline project. The focus of an intense local lobby-group, spearheaded by urbane figures like Nadine Johnston and Stella Schnabel, the result is an immaculate revitalization of Tenth Avenue (previously aka Death Avenue.) Last Weeks’ Sydney Sussex lane party was a hoot – so let’s think laterally, horizontally, vertically and big in terms of using our urban spaces! And what if we relooked the monorail?