Some time in my second year at Bartlett we were given an urban design project based in Mayfair, which included dealing with the challenge of an underpass going across Park Lane (into Hyde Park). The underpass was dingy, dirty, and basically a breeding ground for the homeless.
In the midst of my research, I discovered the then-early concept of The Low Line. Nobody knew how feasible it was and nobody knew how likely it was. There had been minimal research conducted and everything was a beautiful and unlikely concept.
This weekend I saw the concept realised in an abandoned market structure next to the Essex Street market and all my undergrad moments of ooh-ing and aah-ing over renderings and sketches felt justified. The Lowline Lab is a long-term open laboratory and technical exhibit designed to test and showcase how the Lowline will grow and sustain plants underground. Located on the Lower East Side, just two blocks from the site of the proposed future Lowline, the Lowline Lab includes a series of controlled experiments in an environment mimicking the actual Lowline site.
It's happening, guys! And everyone should go see it because this will be the future of our parks.
Free and open to the public on weekends till March 2016
10am- 4pm at 149 Essex Street, by the Essex Street Market and Essex/Delancey subway