Visit to High Line Park Offers Instructive Lessons in Urban Sustainability

October 9, 2013 | Academics

House I City Seminar students compare notes during their field trip to the High Line park.

House I City Seminar students compare notes during their field trip to the High Line park.

On October 7 Ms. Katie Wilson, Dr. Karla Fuller, Tracy Daraviras, and Nicola Blake took approximately 75 Guttman Community College first-year students on a field trip to explore the High Line as part of their City Seminar I course. This public park is built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side and runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Students participated in a walking tour of the area and had to complete an extensive worksheet. The worksheet focused on the history of the structure, its surrounding neighborhoods and the sustainable design practices utilized to create one of the most successful urban revitalization projects to date.

Dr. Fuller stated that “House 1 students have been studying the themes of sustainability and mobility (both of self and in the broader sense). The High Line was a perfect way for students to see the interconnectedness between the two topics.”

The City Seminar course provides practical learning and community-based opportunities around topics connected to the sustainability of New York City. Group activities facilitate broad discussion and engage student to take action to improve the community. Experiential learning is an important dimension of Guttman’s model of teaching and learning in which the city becomes an extension of the classroom.

View the photo set from the High Line field trip.

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