The Lowline or Delancey Underground is a subterrainian park concept still far from becoming reality but highly interesting in it’s daringness. The name itself a play on the successful Highline, the Lowline differs quite drastically from the elevated park in lower Manhattan. Albeit similarly offering New York a green-space by redeveloping an abandoned industrial structure the Lowline depends on unprecedented technological innovation.
The developers James Ramsey and Dan Barasch plan to use a system of optics to gather sunlight, concentrate it, and reflect it below ground. Here it is dispersed by a solar distributor dish embedded in the ceiling. The light will be able to support photosynthesis so that plants, trees, and grasses can grow underground.
The project raised over 150.000 $ on kickstarter earlier this year, enough to build a fullscale prototype, which was exhibited under the title imagining the Lowline in september 2012.