The Lowdown on the Lowline

Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, for the last two weeks of this month New Yorkers will get a sneak peak at the technology that may one day make a proposed underground park - dubbed the Lowline - into a reality, reports Alex Goldmark.
September 14, 2012, 11am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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A playful take on New York's wildly successful transformation of abandoned rail infrastructure into one of the city's most celebrated parks, the Lowline is an ambitious vision to do the same - yet underground. Renderings depicting the transformation of an abandoned trolley terminal from the early 1900s into a green oasis sparked the imaginations of New Yorkers upon their release last year, and inspired a successful Kickstarter campaign to test the radical technology that would allow subterranean sunlight to shine "through the sidewalk in beams powerful enough to grow greenery." 

New Yorkers can see the results of that campaign when the "Imagining the Lowline" installation showcasing the project's proposed "solar harvesting" technology opens this Saturday. While the Lowline vision is still far from becoming a reality, according to Perrin Drumm, writing in the Architect's Newspaper, "State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez are all already singing the Lowline's praises, and even Turkey has expressed interest in a Lowline of their own."

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Published on Thursday, September 13, 2012 in Transportation Nation
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