‘Lowline’ is the concept of underground park proposed by James Ramsey of Raad studio. This concept will be built on the Williamsburg bridge trolley Terminal, just below Delancey street on the lower east side of Manhattan. This site was opened in 1908 for trolley passengers but, remain unused since 1948. This hidden historic site is located in the one of the least green areas of New York City. So the ‘lowline’s under ground park’ concept will use this place for the public’s good, by providing them a green underground park.
This concept is based on solar technology which involves the creation of a “Remote skylight”. In this technology sunlight will be fall on a parabolic collector, and is reflected and gathered at one focal point, and directed underground through a Helio tube ( fiber optic cable). Sunlight is transmitted on to a reflected surface of the distributor dish underground, which will spread that sunlight into space. This technology will transmit the required wave length of light for the plants and trees to grow. So in day time there will be no need of electricity.
In September 2012, the project raised over $1,50,000 from 3,300 backers on Kickstarter to create a full-scale exhibition of the solar lighting technology. And in the same year, the ‘Lowline’ team built a full-scale prototype of his underground parks and it attracted thousands of visitors, and was heavily covered by the press. The Lowline was shown in the ‘Time Magazine’s 25 best inventions of 2015.’