The Lowline mockup
James Ramsey, principle of RAAD studies, responds to NYC’s high density and minimal public space with a concept that contrasts with NYC’s High Line Park: the Lowline Park. Pierce Reynoldson’s two-sided reaction:
Images courtesy of Lowline
Optimism: It is amazing that NYC is seriously considering such an unconventional project (an underground park). For the grad students this is an argument for why it’s ok to push the boundaries:
Pessimism: I remember underground public space projects in grad school; the critics would argue that they are destined to become “crack dens.” “You don’t know what’s around the corner” is typically not a good sound bite for a public park. Then again, NYC hasn’t had real crime since the 90s and I imagine it will be under just as much surveillance as the rest of Manhattan. Finally, I don’t I buy the idea of foraging for food in any city park.