New park in London converts an abandoned rail tunnel into a civic space and mushroom garden.

Taking cues from the successes of New York City's High Line park and other derelict revival projects, a Pop Down park is being developed in London. Visitors will use an underground walkway that repurposes old mail-rail tunnels into a public green space. Maximizing urban spaces by incorporating natural elements is becoming a global trend. Likewise, re-imagining decaying urban environments as entirely new spaces serves to bring in new opportunities for commerce and cultural exchange.

In addition to increasing the city's green space in a novel way, the Pop Down plan includes urban mushroom gardens along tunnel pathways, which will be lit by fiber optics and sunlight filtered through sculptural glass-fiber mushrooms located at street level. Additionally, the urban mushroom gardens will serve as a local source of food for the new pop-up concept ‘Funghi' restaurants and cafes at each entrance. The design from the firm Fletcher Priest was selected as the winner of the International High Line for London Competition, which gathered 170 submissions, resulting in 20 short-listed entries and four runners-up.

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