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Innovation / Art & Design: The Low Line in New York City

Plans to transform a former trolley terminal below Delancey Street in the Lower East Side area of New York City into an urban park are currently in discussion.

Taking its name cue from the city’s latest green space, the High Line – a once abandoned, elevated freight railroad, now serving as a 1.5 mile long urban park (spanning 22 blocks) containing trees, plants and stretches of lawn – the subterranean retreat would comprise oasis pools, trees and walking space, utilizing solar technology (a remote skylight system) to encourage plant growth and filter sunlight into the space.

The project has been envisaged by former NASA engineer-turned-architect James Ramsey, Dan Barasch, the vice president of social innovation company PopTech, and R.Boykin Curry IV, an investment banker within the city.

Projections suggest that over half the world’s population already live in cities across the globe.  As urban areas expand, scenes and concepts such as the Low Line could become commonplace as we seek innovative ways to strike a balance between sustainable city and rural living – look to our Nutopia Forecast S/S13 for examples of this. – Samantha Fox

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