Winter High Line; Photo: Tien Mao

The City and the Friends of the High Line have selected Diller, Scofidio & Renfro and Field Operations to design the master plan for the High Line on the West Side of Manhattan. Naturally, their plan includes renderings with all sorts of crazy scale figures dancing around.

The High Line was built in the 1930s, elevating rail traffic above the streets, which reduced the accidents in the area. When finally completed, the elevated railway stretched for 13 miles. The final train ran on the High Line in 1980 and sections still stand on the West Side, spanning over 20 blocks. With all the precious land that the High Line is on, there were many that called for the development of the space, but preservationists prevailed, saving the High Line from demolition.

There were originally four teams selected to design the master plan: Diller, Scofidio & Renfro, Zaha Hadid Architects, Steven Holl Architects, erraGRAM: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. See all their plans here, "Four teams Four Visions". The plan from Diller, Scofidio & Renfro, and Field Operations, has concrete walkways that run on the rail line, with different types of gardens along the sides.

Related, see Jake's photo gallery of the High Line.