by Mark Dion, Jorge Colombo, Ethan Hauser, Kenneth Helphand, Bryan McGovern Wilson, Garret Miller, and Naomi Reis

A Field Guide and Handbook to the High Line

Field Guide to the High Line

It’s not surprising that Printed Matter has published a handbook to the best known attraction in their neighborhood. Everyone’s favorite public space in Chelsea is examined here with a full range of approaches. Thoughts, Musings, Observations, Case Studies and Histories, (Alternative, Conventional, and Otherwise) is how this field guide describes itself on the cover of this appropriately pocket-sized, well-designed paper edition.

Field Guide to the High Line

Included are a Concise Guide to the Wildlife of the High Line; some of the Botanical Highlights; a List of Rules and Regulations (don’t bring more than 20 of your friends along); a Timeline; an Inventory of the High Line’s Lost & Found; and a great essay by Kenneth Helphand on the history of raised walkways in the urban environment.

Field Guide to the High Line

field guide (4 of 10)

This book hits all of my favorite things; good design, historical facts, biological information, excellent illustrations,  and a healthy dose of humor.  I learned something and enjoyed the process.

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field guide (7 of 10)

You can get your very own copy for the reasonable price of $13 directly from Printed Matter here. 

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