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Tue Oct 16 2012
Photograph: Jonathan Aprea
Imagining the Lowline
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What it is: Proving that city dwellers will never stop finding ways to create public space, this project, which was funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign, will be the first of its kind: an underground park built in a historic trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street.
Why you should care: Anyone who caught the temporary installation “Imagining the Lowline” in September—which transformed a patch of ground inside a dark LES warehouse into a verdant oasis—saw how cool this idea is. Cofounder James Ramsey has devised a system of “remote skylights,” which collect sunlight above ground and redistribute it below, so the space will actually support photosynthesis, essential to living greenery, and even respond to seasonal changes. The next step is for the team of architects, engineers and environmental designers to examine the microclimate of the proposed spot, test out the technology, see how different flora respond to the redirected light and tinker with the calibrations accordingly. Don’t make your subterranean picnic plans just yet—the process could take a year or longer. But given that the innovative concept seems transplanted from a distant future, the wait doesn’t seem so bad. Below Delancey St between Clinton and Essex Sts (thelowline.org). Opening date TBA.—Carolyn Stanley