Archinect - News 2017-02-28T00:55:22-05:00 NYC's Lowline is approved by city officials, becoming world's first underground park Julia Ingalls 2016-07-14T14:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:13:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What do you do with a sad, funky, abandoned trolley terminus? Well, if it's the former Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal under Delancey Street in New York City, you make the world's first underground park by virtue of adding some mirrors, skylights, and vegetation. One acre in size, the freshly city-approved <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">park</a>&nbsp;(which took nearly a decade to go from its initial concept to getting the green light from the city) makes use of solar technology to pour sunlight into the former terminal, which has remained unused since 1948.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Every designer dreams of doing civic work that contributes to society and to the profession," said&nbsp;James Ramsey,&nbsp;Lowline Co-Founder and Creator. "Over the last 8 years, we just stuck to what we thought was a great idea that could make our city and our community better. We're thrilled to move ahead on designing and building a space that people will enjoy for generations to come."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on innovative design news in NYC:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing around sea-level rise in New York</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">T...</a></li></ul> How Will the Lowline Make the Leap From Idea to Reality? Archinect 2013-01-23T20:01:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:08:17-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... calling the Lowline a "park" isn't totally accurate. It would be a culture park that hosts art shows, performances, and events, and it would be tied to the neighborhood gallery scene. Preliminary designs call for a densely planted "ramble," but this would be accompanied by a gallery, plaza, and connecting grassy common. The whole site is currently dotted with support columns, and the design would remove ten of these to created a 5,000-square-foot column-free plaza.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Philadelphia dreams of a low-line too Archinect 2012-11-19T12:26:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T19:37:53-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea of creating a low-line companion to Philadelphia's planned high line has so gripped imaginations that a team of top designers has volunteered to sketch ideas for a belowground trail on the west side of Broad St. Tours are now practically weekly events conducted by Paul van Meter, who first proposed a low-line park. There's one hitch: A new city plan just earmarked the low-line trench for a high-speed bus route that would connect a string of cultural venues to the heart of downtown.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #239 Nam Henderson 2011-11-27T18:02:26-05:00 >2011-11-27T20:30:53-05:00 <img src="" width="518" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2011 SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion entitled Netscape, was designed by faculty members Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative, along with their students. Earlier this week Archinect posted a video and some text detailing the construction process. In response Tima Bell, posted a couple images from the 1997 SCI-Arc Graduation pavilion which he noted did not have "quite the budget of Oyler/Wu".</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the latest installment of Archinect&rsquo;s Contours feature <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get a Job!</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guy Horton</a>&nbsp;wrote about the disconnect between those looking for work and those gainfully employed.&nbsp;"<em>This is where the disconnect resides. There are those who have been through the worst our economic system has to offer and those that have not fallen through those trap doors. You don&rsquo;t learn about them in school. You don&rsquo;t even realize they are there until you fall through one. But there are many such trap doors and over the last thirty years policy changes have added even more.</em>"</p> <p> The feature really struck a chord with a number of readers, generating almost 20 comments.</p> <p> <strong> </strong>thought it was a great post and went on to share his own story <em>"after high diving through the trap door last year - followed up by short term contract/temp work and collecting unemployment in between - i can readily identify. it was an experience, and it can definitely be a challenge finding your way back out.</em>" Member <strong>hooks</strong> disagreed t...</p> High Line Inspires Plans for Park Under Delancey Street Archinect 2011-11-21T23:46:04-05:00 >2011-11-26T12:40:18-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the proposed park would be underground, in a dank former trolley terminal under Delancey Street that is controlled by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Though its promoters call it the &ldquo;Delancey Underground,&rdquo; another nickname has already been coined: the Low Line.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>