Subterranean solar greens

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A weekend visit to The Lowline Lab was the perfect pick-me-up from the dreary mid-winter.

I posted on The Lowline project back in 2013, not long after their first Kickstarter campaign. Its vision:

The Lowline is a plan to use innovative solar technology to illuminate an historic trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of New York City. Our vision is a stunning underground park, providing a beautiful respite and a cultural attraction in one of the world’s most dense, exciting urban environments.

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The Lowline Lab is the testing ground for the bigger project to come. The open laboratory and technical exhibit were designed to simulate conditions for the proposed Lowline, to be located in the Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal. Can an underground space grow and sustain plants? It appears so. In a controlled experiment mimicking the conditions of the future site, there were an abundance of familiar and unusual plants thriving.

In 2009, The High Line became a reality. It thrives due to meticulous planning and design, and the choice of site-specific plants – mostly native, drought-tolerant, and low-maintenance. As of 2014, over 20 million people have visited.

Now, The Lowline is poised to reclaim a vacant space for public good, and further the use technology in 21st century living. What could be better?

The Lowline Lab is nestled in an abandoned market on the Lower East Side and is well worth a visit. But hurry, it closes on sunday/26 february.

Photos: © 2017 Janet Giampietro. Images show the wonderful textures and colors of plant life at The Lowline Lab, grown using specially designed optical devices under controlled lighting conditions. Exploded urban diagram © The Lowline.

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