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Michael Winstanley Architects and Planners was selected to provide Peer Review services to the Office of Management and Budget of the City of New York which had financial oversight of the development of Parks and Recreation’s plans to create a new visionary urban park in lower Manhattan. The High Line, as it is called, is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan. It is owned by the City of New York and maintained and operated by the Friends of the High Line.

The project designers, James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro were awarded the commission through an open and public ideas competition.

Following their selection and the submission of work, the City organized a multi-disciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, engineers and cost consultants to provide a peer review of the work to ensure the quality and technical excellence of the proposed design.

Our team provided design and technical review services related to the architectural components of the project. After an extensive evaluation of the work, our recommendations were documented and presented to the design team for their consideration to modify the design and contract documents.