architect, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York
May 14, 2014
Public lecture organised in collaboration with ALICE y4
The High Line
Mr. Johnson joined Diller Scofidio + Renfro in 1999 and became a Senior Associate in 2004. He serves as the lead designer of the High Line for DS+R, a collaboration with James Corner Field Operations, in New York City. Mr. Johnson worked on the early technical design of Eyebeam Museum of Art and Technology, a concept office for Vitra; the interactive media design of Blur and the Media Cut project for the Swiss Expo, 2002. Mr. Johnson was intimately involved in DS+R’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Redevelopment Project, including serving as project leader for the 65th Street Infoscape. He continues to work on new designs for the High Line, a new art school for Stanford University, and designs for the re-opening of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
Mr. Johnson has extensive experience in new media and public art. He has historically lead the media and independent projects in the firm. He previously managed Facsimile, a multi-media public art installation in San Francisco; Living Room, a public art installation in Trafalgar Square, London; Pure Mix: The Snow Show, a temporary public art project in Finland; and Travelogues, an installation at JFK Airport. Prior to joining DS+R, Johnson worked in Berlin with Studio Daniel Libeskind. Matthew Johnson received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Michigan and his Masters in Architecture from Princeton University
More than 10 million people have visited the High Line since it’s opening in 2009. The aim was to preserve and reuse an old train line and convert it into a public open space. This landscape and architectural masterpiece, cleverly balancing conservation, rehabilitation, vegetation, urban props and furniture, became an iconic elevated greenway with a major impact on the society and on the development of NYC. It has helped usher in something of a renaissance in the neighborhood: more than 30 projects were planned or are under construction nearby. The High Line has changed the perspective on urban wasteland.