What do you do when the cityscape is crowded with skyscrapers, roads and cars and you want to create more urban green places without removing anything? You go underground of course!
This is one of the coolest projects we've come across lately; the kickstarter-funded project, The Lowline, has taken an abandoned underground trolley terminal, utilising tech to bring enough sunlight through to be able to grow plants (mock plants for now)
As seen on the images here, a 35-foot-wide aluminium canopy will shower light on to the indoor park, demonstrating the 'remote skylight' concept that would provide light to the green space under the dense pavements of Manhattan.
"What I envision is that we will have this kind of undulating, reflective ceiling actually functioning as an optical device to draw sunlight into the space to make it somewhere that you would actually like to spend some time," says James Ramsey, co-founder of the Lowline and designer of the "Imagining the Lowline" installation that opened 15 September to showcase sample "solar harvesting" technology.
The Lowline name plays on the wildly successful High Line, which turned an abandoned freight rail line on Manhattan's far west side into elevated park space.
Have you come across any similar projects?