The Lowline – SOLD OUT
Tour Time: 10:00am
140 Essex Street, New York 10002
The Lowline aims to be the world’s first underground park. By using innovative solar technology, we hope to transform a historic trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of New York City into a beautiful respite and a cultural attraction in one of the world’s most dense, exciting urban environments.
Co-founders James Ramsey and Dan Barasch were inspired to use technology to improve the lives of city residents, by creating more of the green space we all need. To explore their vision in greater detail, they commissioned a preliminary planning study with Arup, the global engineering firm, and HR&A Advisors, a leading real estate, economic development and energy-efficiency consulting firm. The study concluded that the Lowline was not merely technically feasible, but would also vastly improve the local economy and the adjacent transit hub. Once built, the Lowline would be a dynamic cultural space, featuring a diversity of community programming and youth activities.
The Lowline Lab, which opened in October 2015, is meant to approximate the feeling and scale of the actual Lowline. This site is not underground; it is in a warehouse at 140 Essex Street, which was carefully darkened to create conditions similar to the Lowline’s subterranean home. The Lowline Lab is one-fortieth the size of the actual Lowline, about 1000SF as compared to the 40,000 SF space. It is meant to be a microcosm– a representation of how the Lowline will look and feel.
The Lowline Lab offers a glimpse into a pioneering use of solar technology, which may help us fundamentally re-think the ways in which we can reclaim abandoned urban spaces. It is also home to cutting edge landscape research designed by Signe Nielsen — essentially ushering in a new way to study subterranean gardening. It will help us discover the ways in which a year-round, four-season public space can be used by city dwellers everywhere.
The lab is also a real laboratory. Research is being conducted on the 60 different plant species and 3,500 plants, mosses, fruits and vegetables currently growing in the lab. The feedback and findings will be used to further decide which plants should and will end up in the Lowline. The lab is currently open until March 2017.
This tour is soldout.