The Lowline

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Beneath NYC’s busy streets, a wildly audacious project is underway: the creation of the world’s first underground park.

In a century-old abandoned trolley terminal, advanced solar technologies will harvest and rain down sunlight into a forgotten underground space. That light will reawaken it as a new type of public space, and transmit the necessary energy and wavelengths for plants to grow — in the unlikeliest of places.

The creator of the project, James Ramsey, walks through the where, why, and how, showing an inside glimpse into the complexity of the Lowline.

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James Ramsey

raad Founder & Principal, Lowline Designer

James Ramsey is the principal of raad and the creator of the Lowline. James' experience in design began at Yale University, where he won a Bates Fellowship to study cathedral design in Europe. He then went to work as a satellite engineer for NASA, where he was a part of the team that created the Pluto Fast Flyby and the Cassini satellites. After his time at NASA, James gained large firm experience at DMSAS in Washington, DC and small firm knowledge, upon relocating to New York, at the boutique outfit Penny Yates Architects. While teaching design at the Parsons School of Design, James worked to put the pieces in place to start his own design practice in 2004. Raad has since built over a hundred projects, both in New York City and across the country. Raad Studio has received numerous design awards including the AIA 2015 Design Awards, the 2015 + 2016 Architizer A+ Awards, as well as from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for their work on the Lowline. In October 2015, Ramsey and his team opened The Lowline Lab in an abandoned warehouse on Essex Street.

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