​Analogue Living

New York's Crowd Solution

The ‘Lowline’, Dan Barasch & James Ramsey wanted to create a new green space in their crowded hometown. They discovered an abandoned trolley terminal in the lower East Side of Manhattan and are planning to turn it into the world’s first underground park with natural light. It will be a new kind of public space, using solar technology an cutting edge design to capture the beauty of a very special and old industrial space.


This Solar Technology could be widely adaptable and made universal for a lot of cities that have the same crowd and therefore space problem. It could also work in different circumstances for instance a solar panel on side of the roof where’s no light. I think there’s a long road ahead of us when you look at solar power and they way it’s been collected, stored and used. I can’t help but wonder when the day will come that all the sun in dessert will be sustainably captured and power our lives in the future.

The actual park will host a lot people and activities and is the redesign of a urban space becoming a public one. As cities in the Netherlands attract more people every year and even homes become more crowded there will be a point that we eventually run out of space. Therefore new approaches on the way we live and build are interesting for the future. We know a limit is near and practical interior design is making its way into homes so that space can be used more efficient, for example ‘life edit’.

The same can be said for the places we spend our leisure activities. It brings a new dimension of where and how we spend our free time. That in relation to the quality of life it raises the overall bar according to activity, development and social wellbeing. With the ‘Lowline’ you see that there are also architects and designers with innovative ideas who are building the exterior world around us and try to build places and buildings that will suffice the needs of people in the future.