New York’s Lowline Project Part of a Larger Trend Toward Underground Architecture
A group in New York has proposed plans to transform an abandoned trolley terminal into an underground park. The “Lowline,” a name chosen to complement the city’s High Line park, would transform a one-acre tunnel below Manhattan’s Lower East Side into a public space. A solar collection dish, situated above ground, would gather sunlight and transfer it through a tube down to dome lights above the underground park.
The project gained its initial funds through a Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Dan Barasch, one of the project’s cofounders, tells Mashable that every Lower East Side elected official has supported the idea. Logistics are still being finalized, he says, but he expects the park to be completed in five years.