Dan Barasch, Lowline: Building An Underground Park Lit By Natural Sunlight
Speaking at PSFK CONFERENCE 2013, Dan Barasch Co-Founder of the Lowline, introduced his project for a crowd funded underground green space andpark below Delancey Street in New York City. The Lowline is a proposal to transform the abandoned Williamsburg Trolley Terminal into a vibrant underground park, complete with natural light and living flora.
The challenge of the design was to figure out a way to funnel enough natural sunlight underground in order to support photosynthesis in the underground park. As a solution, Barasch along with business partner James Ramsey, developed a device shaped like a dish which collects light at street level, and transports it underground via fiber optic cables, where it is then diffused as a natural light source. Using this method, the pair utilized a darkened warehouse to test the device and simulate an underground environment, including an arrangement of plants and trees.