10 infrastructure reuse projects that are not New York’s High Line

Abandoned roads, railways and viaducts are rethought to imagine new urban and landscape scenarios: an international panorama encompassing more than one single icon. 

In 2009, in New York, Diller Scofidio+Renfro, together with James Corner Field Operations, inaugurated a linear park that immediately became a myth of itself, High Line Park, which gave new life to an old disused branch of the Big Apple's elevated railway, saving the infrastructure from demolition and transforming its urban and social meaning.

The High Line now has the role of a true manifesto, but it is only one of many examples of the reuse of abandoned infrastructure. In fact, the international scene is open to various experiments in urban regeneration: many projects have been able to renew the urban environment of numerous cities with fragments of disused infrastructure that dotted the contemporary scenario, urging for a transformation.

Between new urban parks, cycle-pedestrian paths, and community gardens, these experiments reflect on the design potential of infrastructural spaces.

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