The National Building Museum has awarded Joshua David and Robert Hammond the fifteenth Vincent Scully Prize for their New York City urban revitalization project, High Line. After the first section of the High Line opened in 2009, it became a catalyst for the renewal and investment of Manhattan's West Side. The project is viewed as an inspirational model for other repurpose projects and community activism worldwide.
The Vincent Scully jury—led by chair David Schwarz, along with Deborah Berke, Gary Haney, Ned Cramer, and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk—selected David and Hammond for pioneering the notion of repurposing unused industrial infrastructure into public space through the High Line project.
The Friends of the High Line co-founders will accept the honorable prize at a public award ceremony at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 30. During the ceremony, they will present "Harnessing Friction", an original talk on how the High Line managed to bring together money, real estate, and politics versus community, design, and preservation to create a new kind of public space for the 21st century.
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