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A stealthy reimagining of urban public space | Elizabeth Diller

Visit to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. Cities are becoming increasingly privatized: commercial real estate dominates the streets, carving up open space that once belonged to the public and selling it as a commodity to the highest bidder. Architect Elizabeth Diller explores the causes and effects…

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Cities are becoming increasingly privatized: commercial real estate dominates the streets, carving up open space that once belonged to the public and selling it as a commodity to the highest bidder. Architect Elizabeth Diller explores the causes and effects of this growing threat — and takes us on tour of her groundbreaking projects aimed at creating landscapes for the public to enjoy, from the High Line in New York City to Zaryadye Park in Moscow.

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    Utopia Light

    February 17, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Wow, she is a great architect. I never knew about these buildings even though I live in new york.

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    February 17, 2021 at 1:46 am

    capitalism is murder. We need to end capitalism and return the planet back to the people and other living things that capitalism would rather destroy for profit

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    February 17, 2021 at 1:53 am

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    Andy Baumgartner

    February 17, 2021 at 2:02 am

    It’s interesting to see the genesis of the highline, but it has become a total tourist trap, and they’ve closed off all entrances except one during covid. Doesn’t really feel like a public park.

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    Jonathan Rojas

    February 17, 2021 at 2:39 am

    beautiful!

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    Jeffrey Zhang

    February 17, 2021 at 2:46 am

    “In 2004, my studio came into the orbit of two inspired citizen activists who launched a campaign to save a 1.5 mile stretch of derelict infrastructure and convert it into a public park.”
    Wasn’t even looking at the screen, and immediately knew it was the High Line.
    New York City does that to you.

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    immanuel godson

    February 17, 2021 at 4:35 am

    These green communist demons want you all imprisoned in hi tech supercities….they wont allow you to travel outside your city….devils!

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    Ken Belangel

    February 17, 2021 at 4:54 am

    Will covid make everything 6 feet apart?

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    February 17, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Best Quote, Strong People rarely have an easy Past.

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    February 17, 2021 at 5:49 am

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    Imran Khan

    February 17, 2021 at 6:14 am

    What a imagination it’s great

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    jashane stone

    February 17, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Lived in New York my entire life, never been on The High Line since it’s opening. Only when it was prohibited. 🚫 I was one of the regulars. 😄😄😄

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    jashane stone

    February 17, 2021 at 8:17 am

    We need more developers like this especially Urban Developers

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    Ronith Stanly

    February 17, 2021 at 10:39 am

    She just gave me goosebumps! And I am not even an architect!

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    J

    February 17, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    This was beautiful! Such an amazing insight to the level of work that goes unrecognized. These great people work behind the scenes for the people, reminding the ruthless rich ”hey, what about the people?”. Even if we only get a strip or a square we know you will make the most of it for all of us! Much love and respect

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    February 17, 2021 at 1:24 pm

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    February 17, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Reminds me of Akira…

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    Gabriel Maroto

    February 17, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Beautiful

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    February 17, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    That’s beautiful 😍

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    February 17, 2021 at 6:25 pm

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    Mari-Linda Perez

    February 17, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Great points.

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    February 17, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I’m from Pakistan ….this helps me imagine

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    stanvero

    February 18, 2021 at 1:32 am

    I visited the high line a few years back and I really enjoyed the beautiful and fresh space in the midst of urban busyness.

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    THINK BEFORE U ACT

    February 18, 2021 at 2:12 am

    This is the type of things we need on our cities!!

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    Steve Marriott

    February 18, 2021 at 4:35 am

    Wow what a great video and great ideas by the architects.
    Interesting to see the unpredictable effects that these projects cause!

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    Gregory Guerrier

    February 18, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you Elizabeth Diller for all the persistent and thoughtful efforts which made our city even more special! ♥️

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    Dav

    February 18, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Thank YOU!

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    TL

    February 18, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    This was refreshing! Thank you

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    February 19, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    Standing up applause (lasts for 10 minutes)

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    February 21, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Brilliant inspired work and great talk from the no audience TED.

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    erit guerrero

    February 21, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    it was a pleasure to listen who did and proyect this great park, high line, I had learn about this proyect few years ago an use as one of my resources to developed one of my proyects in my carrer- I study architecture- it was great see how a old construction can be use to integrate and give life at teh city especially right now, when our cities continues expand and it looks like how goverments forgot the importance of the public space and how important is the nature for us.

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    eternal Doorman

    February 21, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    I think she’s a bit of a dinosaur as far as her ideas go, but the pinciples and practice of the Highline are excellent. I think we need to plan for cities with at most 40% of their current population and these things will be more than public spaces as she conceives the term. They will be farms and living spaces.

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    David Timlin

    February 21, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    New York City has lost its soul, its become just another generic city the Creative and Flamboyant communities have been pushed out.

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    Nathan Buergi

    February 22, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Designer: Let sneakily steal land from private citizens and give it to the government to manage.

    Also the designer: THIS IS DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM!

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    Sergei Iurtaev

    February 22, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you too.

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