December 2, 2015 11:37 pm

Lowline Lab – Growing Plants in Underground and Space


New York city has faced its difficulties to choose whether they’d like to keep develop it with a skyscraper building and another modern building, or develop a green zone to keep the city breathe.

A company based in New York City, Lowline Lab offers the best solution to solve the problem. Lowline Lab got an idea to build an underground park inside an abandoned trolley terminal in New York City’s Lower East Side. Yes, it is like the real “underground living” will come true. Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, the co-founders of the Lowline, have been working since 2011 to build the world’s first underground park.

Dan Barasch said in statement to Forbes :

“I think humans need public spaces that have some history connected to them. We’re trying to insert a natural environment to the city that is organic and feels real and natural and authentic.”

The abandoned trolley terminal has turned into a small forest with the real trees and grass. Logically, trees will never be able to grow without a sunlight. To make it happen, Ramsey, whose a former NASA engineer, built an innovative solar system that funnels light from the real world through a series of tubes and pipes. Along with his team at Raad Studio and supported by Korea-based technology company Sunportal, together they have designed and installed optical devices which track the sun throughout the sky every minute of every day, optimizing the amount of natural sunlight which are able to captured. The installation of Ramsey’s innovative solar technology will funnels sunlight from rooftops in the area into the warehouse at an intensity that is strong enough to support plant life.

The sunlight will keep the plant alive. When trees and sunlight meets, they will produce an oxygen as well. Therefore, it is possible for people to live down there. Watch below video to see how it works :

The Lowline Lab team says they were recently contacted by the Deputy Secretary from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about using a version of this technology to grow food for astronauts in space.

Lowline Lab and its partners, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, will conduct experiments and test the plants to see how successfully they grow in the underground conditions. Lowline Lab project expected to finish at 2020 and spend between $60 and $75 million.