Tour the Big, Beautiful Public Parks of the Future
New York’s High Line has spawned big public green-space ideas worldwide. Here, the top projects to look for—if they happen at all.
Garden Bridge, London
The project: A densely planted pedestrian bridge across the Thames by Thomas Heatherwick, between Temple and the South Bank.
The update: Construction won’t begin until 2016, with a projected opening date of 2018.
The verdict: Critics wonder if the city really needs a new bridge—but it has momentum behind it.
The Lowline, New York
The project: A Kickstarter-funded underground park on the Lower East Side.
The update: The team has opened a pop-up Lowline Lab (also Kickstarter-backed) to test out the technology for streaming sunlight underground.
The opening: is slated for 2020. The verdict The transit authority, which controls the space, is on board, but nothing gets built quickly in Manhattan, so it’s anyone’s guess.
Sotto Il Viadotto, Rome
The project: This elevated tramway with workshops and art installations underneath it, 30 minutes outside the city center in Monte Sacro, is part of Renzo Piano’s plan to revive Rome’s suburbs.
The update: Funding is still pending, so the timeline is tentative.
The verdict: Even with the starchitect power behind it, will travelers go to the suburbs?
The Underline, Miami
The project: A 10-mile walkway under the Metrorail, from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station, in a city known for being dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.
The update: Construction is set to go from next fall to 2022.
The verdict: The city green-lit the project, but the governor is denying funds—expect battles ahead.