When Design Gets in the Way
Times Square, New York, 2009, photograph by Fallon Chan
Readers of Design Observer may be sick of the High Line by now. I know that I sort of am. The product of a design competition
with over 700 entries, designed to within an inch
of its minutely cultivated life, and surrounded by some of the chicest real estate
in town, the half-mile southern stretch of this elevated New York City park has been so deliriously popular that crowd control
has become a serious problem.
Nearly as popular, but much less celebrated by design cognescenti, is an urban intervention about two miles north. At the beginning of the summer, New York Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan
closed two sections of Broadway
to traffic, including five blocks at Times Square, creating new pedestrian malls overnight...