The Architect’s Newspaper:
“DON’T CALL IT A HIGH LINE
B.Tyler Sylvestro
Planning and design team for QueensWay elevated park announced.
QueensWay, the hotly debated and potentially transformative linear park proposal replacing abandoned railroad tracks from Rego Park to Ozone Park in Queens, now has a design and planning team. WXY architecture + urban design and dlandstudio, both New York-based firms, were on the receiving end of a phone call from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) who organized the discreet RFP. The team was selected from a pool of 29 proposals.
On a rainy day in March, a privately invited group of architects and landscape architects were chauffeured (by bus) to a few sections of the abandoned line in Queens. Along the QueensWay route, TPL’s guests viewed the blighted railroad as it dips and soars from moment to moment, carving through a ravine in Forest Hills. WXY and dlandstudio saw opportunity.
The proposal calls for the connection of ecologies to be the guiding framework. “QueensWay with sensitive design can become a critical artery of green open space for a diverse, vibrant community, offering opportunities for recreation, education, community gathering, and ecological productivity to our great city,” said dlandstudio’s Susannah Drake in a statement. Claire Weisz, principal at WXY agreed, “This study is an important next step in making the vision of reclaiming the QueensWay as a green connector and cultural corridor a reality.”
Image: RENDERING SHOWING ONE CONCEPT FOR THE QUEENSWAY. COURTESY WXY

The Architect’s Newspaper:

DON’T CALL IT A HIGH LINE

B.Tyler Sylvestro

Planning and design team for QueensWay elevated park announced.

QueensWay, the hotly debated and potentially transformative linear park proposal replacing abandoned railroad tracks from Rego Park to Ozone Park in Queens, now has a design and planning team. WXY architecture + urban design and dlandstudio, both New York-based firms, were on the receiving end of a phone call from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) who organized the discreet RFP. The team was selected from a pool of 29 proposals.

On a rainy day in March, a privately invited group of architects and landscape architects were chauffeured (by bus) to a few sections of the abandoned line in Queens. Along the QueensWay route, TPL’s guests viewed the blighted railroad as it dips and soars from moment to moment, carving through a ravine in Forest Hills. WXY and dlandstudio saw opportunity.

The proposal calls for the connection of ecologies to be the guiding framework. “QueensWay with sensitive design can become a critical artery of green open space for a diverse, vibrant community, offering opportunities for recreation, education, community gathering, and ecological productivity to our great city,” said dlandstudio’s Susannah Drake in a statement. Claire Weisz, principal at WXY agreed, “This study is an important next step in making the vision of reclaiming the QueensWay as a green connector and cultural corridor a reality.”

Image: RENDERING SHOWING ONE CONCEPT FOR THE QUEENSWAY. COURTESY WXY

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