The ambitious Delancey Underground, also known as The Low Line, is making progress and moving forward. To bring natural light to the subterranean space, the project's creator, James Ramsey, has begun designing an innovative sunlight irrigation system in his friend’s apartment. Ramsey and project co-founder Dan Barasch announced at the Trespa Design Center this week that the initial tests were successful, and they plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a larger scale prototype.
If the Kickstarter campaign is funded, Ramsey and Barasch will create a larger prototype of the sunlight irrigation device for the Low Line park. The system, which evokes a sci-fi dystopian future where humans are driven underground, is being designed entirely from the mind of Ramsey, with no preexisting systems to model from. Called the Remote Skylight, it would siphon the sun’s rays through a combination of skylights and fiber-optic lighting powered by street level solar panels. The skylights would channel light with reflected dishes that would refract light down below.
The subterranean park would occupy an abandoned train track below Delancey Street on the Lower East Side and infuse plant life and greenery to the underground space. The futuristic idea would repurpose unused space that has been left abandoned for 60 years, covering 2 acres of underground space.
We’re excited that Ramsey and Barasch are moving ahead, and we look forward to keeping tabs on their progress with the project!