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High Line Proposal #3: Hot Wheels

In advance of Thursday's official unveiling of four competing master plans for the High Line, Curbed asked blogger Miss Representation to evaluate the plans based on the details leaked by the Times. Following report #1 and report #2, a drumroll, please, for report #3:

When you bring Zaha Hadid on board, you have certain expectations, and, without fail, she delivers. Inventive response to program? Check. Sleek, dramatic renderings with nary a straight line in sight? Check. Looks vaguely like a freeway on-ramp? We have a winner! Paired with Ove Arup, engineers extraordinaire, she developed a schematic that responds to the local conditions occurring at the various junctures, with the goal of transforming the nodes into art/performance spaces. Great idea. Why, then, a perfectly serviceable structure that is the last vestige of a particular moment in New York history that this whole exercise was intended to, um, preserve, has to be covered by what looks like a Hot Wheels track writ gargantuan is a little inexplicable.· Elevated Visions: Zaha Hadid Architects [NYT]
· We've Got High Hopes, High Hopes [Miss Representation]
· Finalists Selected for High Line Master Plans [Curbed]