The Highline as an Experience: Comparing the Value of a Constructed Artifact to the More Ephemeral Guided Walk

By Andrew Furman and Ernie Kroeger.

Published by The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies

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Conceived as a collaborative work, a walking script unfolds upon and around the elevated pedestrian High Line Park in New York City. A cast of characters are engaged with the meaning of the new park from an experiential point of view. Kroeger and Furman are interested in the potential of art and walking culture in the city, and have placed the story at a time when the city of Manhattan is undertaking visible infrastructure modifications to its streets with active transportation initiatives in the form of walking and cycling routes. The experience of a set route for a walk is compared to a walk that is less structured by architecture and architectural conventions and more self-directed by the user. The High Line Park offers alternate vistas for art and circulation routes in the city, not quite a building yet more porous than an enclosed structure.

Keywords: Walking, Pedestrian, Active Transportation, Walkability, Public Art, Public Space, Urban Park, New York, Elevated Walkway, Pathway, Corridor, Route, Desire Lines, Urban Filament, The High Line, High Line Park, Connections, Urban Filament, Landscape, Trail

The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.57-71. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 982.120KB).

Andrew Furman

Assistant Professor, VisuFaculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Andrew is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair at the Ryerson School of Interior Design. He is a registered Interior Designer and graduate Architect, and teaches in the Interior Design program. He has presented and published his work on public spaces dealing with active transportation internationally. Recent projects range from public commissions for public sculpture and furniture and an upcoming book on the interior design studio. His research interests are walking & cycling integration, the public realm, contemporary design, and the design process.

Ernie Kroeger

Associate Professor, Visual & Performing Arts, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Kroeger is an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. He has exhibited extensively and presented his work on photography and contemporary art internationally. He has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba. Recent projects have been the solo exhibitions Scritti di Natura at the Museo Nazionale della Montagna in Turin, Italy and Confluence at the Kamloops Art Gallery. Kroeger has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, most notably The Banff Centre's Barbara Spohr Award for Photography. His research interests are contemporary art and photography, history of photography, and walking and art.