Robert Hammond—co-founder, with Joshua David, of Friends of the High Line in New York—will discuss their book about the project. From the organization's website: "The 501(c)(3) non-profit advocated for the High Line's preservation when the structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line successfully worked with the mayoral administration of Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Council to reverse a City policy favoring demolition to one ensuring the High Line's preservation through the federal Railbanking program. Friends of the High Line also spearheaded the design process for the High Line's transformation to a public park, partnering with the City of New York on an international design competition that eventually selected the team of James Corner Field Operations (landscape architecture) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (architecture)."
Before the High Line, Hammond worked for a variety of entrepreneurial start-ups. He was awarded a Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome in 2009. He is also a self-taught artist. In 2010 David and Hammond were both awarded the Jane Jacobs Medal for their work on the High Line. (From the press release for the book, High Line.)