By Ellen Gamerman
When coming up with the design for the High Line, an urban park on an abandoned section of elevated railroad in New York, architect Elizabeth Diller and her colleagues started with a question: What would failure look like?
The architects realized they'd fall short if they ignored the weeds and other wild plantings that had taken root around the tracks, brought there from seeds swept off passing cars and scattered by the wind. The mix of concrete and greenery is now the centerpiece of the park, a collaboration with the design firm James Corner Field Operations.
Thanks to their vision for the High Line and other projects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the firm Ms. Diller founded with her fellow architect and husband Ricardo Scofidio, is shouldering a new spate of high-profile jobs. This summer, it won the international competition to design billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad's new museum in downtown Los Angeles. Ms. Diller and her team are also working on the "Bubble," an inflatable temporary event space that will bulge over the top of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., like a giant souffle. READ MORE >>