Recently , Nowness presented a film directed by Petter Ringbom, known for his documentary feature The Russian Winter, where Nancy Whang, of LCD Soundsytem, describes a new project in Lower East Side, New York City.
“There is an experiment taking place on Manhattan lower east side. An innovated laboratory in one of the city’s oldest community.”
A group of architects, engineers and designers are exploring a new open space, a former trolley next to Essex Street subway station, in order to turn it into an underground park. James Murphy, Whang’s bandmate and leader of LCD Soundsystem, also joined the project by re-designing the tone you hear when you pass a subway turn style. The sonic sound can be heard as you enter The Lowline.
Engineers settled on the rooftop of the underground park a solar panel technology which gathers and disperses natural light to the three thousands individual plants underground. Moving mirrors track the motion of the sun, reflecting its rise onto concentrators, which travels through a network of tubes before being disperse into the space.
The Lowlines aims to become an important educational space for children and spread innovation in the heart of Lower East Side.
Words: Julia Milet