8/30/2012

NYC Lowline Park Exhibit


Arch Daily reports New York Cities Lowline proposal is going public.  After much international support, the Lowline founders are launching a public exhibition to showcase their innovative technological approach to creating the world's first underground park on the Lower East Side of New York City.  The full scale exhibition will take place in the Essex Market Building D, an abandoned warehouse just above the proposed Lowline Park, from September 15-27.



The challenge of the underground park is providing sunlight, fresh air, and the feeling of openness to an isolated section of rail tracks.  James Ramsey, Co-Founder of the Lowline and owner of Raad Studio, has embraced this challenge and is excited to share the team's innovative solar technology.  Part of the solution is creating remote skylights would concentrate natural sunlight at street level, and then channel it underground, generating enough light to support photosynthesis.


The exhibit will feature the installation of a solar collector, a canopy distributor, and a small-scale green park to help the community envision the technology and its aesthetic elements.  The exhibition will showcase innovative research proposals on mobility for a new kind of public space in New York City with special attention on the potential of transportation systems and underground spaces.  Nine student proposals from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will be presented along with a 50-foot-long suspended model of Manhattan's subway grid that contextualizes the Lowline within the city's huge inventory of underground spaces.