Monday, September 24, 2012

The Lowline: NYC's Subterranean Park

Last week I visited The Lowline in LES and I realized that I had stumbled upon something remarkable! As we all know space is at a premium in Manhattan, the school of thinking has always been to build up. Because of this, NYC is known for turning unused, unconventional places into sensations like The High Line. Two architects, James Ramsey and Dan Barasch have come up with an ingenius concept and they're calling it The Lowline. The transformation of an abandoned trolley terminal on the Lower East Side into the world's first underground park! The space is rather large by NYC standards: 1.5 acres. Ramsey and Barasch raised $155,000 so that they could build a full-size scale model- open until September 27th at the Essex Street Warehouse. 

Since light is obviously an issue when building a park with green space underground these guys figured out a pretty innovative way around it- "remote skylights". These futuristic lights capture natural sunlight from the surface and then channel it underground through fiber-optic cable, generating enough light to grow plants, trees and grass. Pretty cool, huh? Check it out if you have the chance to this week. 




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