Piet Oudolf in line up for autumn symposium featuring New York's acclaimed High Line elevated park

Organisers have announced the programme for the four-day event, which centres on the world-famous linear park in New York.

High Line - Landscape Institute
High Line - Landscape Institute

The symposium at the Garden Museum from 5 to 8 October will be the first time the High Line founders have spoken about their project outside the US. The event will look at the park as a case study and exemplar of intelligent design (HW 3 August).

First talk on Friday 5th October is called the Uncut Story of the High Line, where the founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond will retell how "the most unlikely of dreams" became an iconic reality.

The pair will also tell the audience how they set about raising $100m and the pitfalls and benefits of collaboration, dealing with opposition and the fine art of uniting individuals from a wide spectrum of society.

High Line is rated one of the world’s most popular landmarks and is a public park situated on a 1.5 mile-long elevated rail structure in the heart of Manhattan. Last year it attracted 3.7m visitors.

After years of fundraising, campaigning and amassing the support of influential New Yorkers such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Kevin Bacon and Ed Norton, the High Line opened to the public in 2009.

Other speakers will include modern landscape and garden designer Piet Oudolf, who worked on the High Line and who will talk about the creative process behind planting an industrial ruin in the creative heart of Manhattan.

The Garden Museum and Landscape Institute, which launched an ideas competition for London last week, will use the symposium to show off shortlisted submissions in a project supported by mayor of London Boris Johnson (visit http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/ideas).

For prices of tickets and more details contact 020 7401 8865 or visit www.gardenmuseum.org


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