In 2009 the Hofpleinlijn, the Hague – Rotterdam v.v., will stop running. After that a 1,9 km long building called The Hofbogen and covering the elevated railroad, will hopefully get a park on top: The Hofpleinparklijn*.
In New York soon opens such a park on an elevated railroadtrack: the High Line. Here vegetation took over the tracks when the last train passed in 1980. Instead of getting rid of the green and the structure, the plan is to adjust it into a park by creating a variated green space in order to create a slow environment that permits meandering pace. The High Line as its own calm world. The green will float over streets and cut through city blocks.
The picture is an impresson from the Gansevoort Entry.
Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
High Line elevated park (design 2005, ready 2009)
High Line elevated rail (1930 – 1980)
New York, USA
*) that one is my favourite, other: Hofparklijn, or Hofpleinlijnpark, Hofboogpark, etc.Url: