Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the High Line returns to Minneapolis nine years after his first talk at the Walker about New York’s High Line Park. Hammond reflects on the innovative park’s phenomenal story, including its impact on the community and how the High Line experience is influencing prominent adaptive reuse parks projects from Atlanta to Los Angeles.
In April 2019, the High Line celebrated its 10th anniversary together with the grand opening of its third section called the Spur. Hammond gives a sneak peek at the High Line’s future and an introduction to The High Line Network, a convening of visionary parks-makers around the intersection of design and community building.
Hammond has been awarded the Vincent Scully Prize (2013), the Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome (2010), the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal, along with David (2010), and an honorary doctorate from The New School (2012). Hammond is also a self-taught artist and served as an ex-officio member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees.
This live recording was made on March 21, 2019 during Hammond’s talk at the Walker Art Center. The event also features Minneapolis Parks Foundation's Executive Director, Tom Evers, Executive Director at the Walker Art Center, Mary Ceruti, and Minnesota Public Radio's Senior Reporter, Brandt Williams.
The 2018/2019 event series of Next Generation of Parks is presented by Minnesota Public Radio News and produced in partnership with the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Loppet Foundation, and the American Society of Landscape Architects-Minnesota Chapter, and with additional support from Barr Engineering.
The Next Generation of Parks event series is the Minneapolis Parks Foundation's free forum for exploring forward-thinking parks design and the power of public space.
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