The Lowline: Advances in Fiber-Optic Technology

Last month we introduced you to the LowLine, a sustainability-focused project in NYC. The goal of the LowLine is to transform an abandoned train station into a beautiful underground park using fiber-optic solar technology. This project garnered worldwide  attention and as result, it exceeded it’s fundraising goal on KickStarter by 55%. This extra funding means that project initiators Dan Barasch and James Ramsey can complete the first step–building scale models of the park. It’s been so successful that this many be one of the biggest ever crowd-funded campaigns focused on urban development, reuse and innovative design.

Barasch and Ramsey partnered with the Mark Miller Gallery in New York City for a special showing titled “Let There Be Light.” The exhibit featured a three-dimensional model and fiber-optic solar technology to be used in the park. It’s estimated that building the 60,000 square foot park will cost $20 million. Prints of the artwork will go on sale to support fundraising efforts to build this innovative park. The gallery installation will be on display until April 29th.

There is still a long way to go with this innovative project. We look forward to hearing more about what Barasch, Ramsey and their team develop in the way of solar technology. This fall you can see other innovative uses of solar in ASES’ National Solar Tour.


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