Where most New Yorkers saw an abandoned elevated railway, architects at the firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro saw possibility.

Where most New Yorkers saw an abandoned elevated railway, architects at the firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro saw possibility.

The group repurposed the High Line, an old track on Manhattan's west side, as a public park (above). The years-long renovation has inspired urban renewal in areas surrounding High Line and in other major cities.

High Line is just one of Diller Scofidio + Renfro's acclaimed designs. Their integration of architecture, urban planning, and visual and performing arts has earned them "groundbreaking" status as well as many awards.

Elizabeth Diller, a founding member of the firm, will speak Monday about how smart design can inspire change both artistically and socially. She will give this year's Glimcher Lecture at the Wexner Center, an annual speech from a distinguished individual of the arts. Admission to the lecture is free.