Make Way, High Line: Former NASA Engineer Kickstarts “LowLine” Underground Park

Sophie (Qian Liu)

Date 03/13/2013

Source: Fast Co Design

Abstract/reflection:

Inspired by the High Line Park, Dan Barasch and James Ramsey proposed a new project to refashion unused urban infrastructure in New York: the Low Line Park. The site they choose is an unused and long neglected 13-acre former subway stop on Delancey Street, built in 1903 in New York’s Lower East Side. New technology makes it possible for engineers to gather light and funnel it underground.

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Re-design is the new way of designing. History and old things/memories can trigger a special emotional reaction in people’s minds. It is a short cut because it can make a special influence in people’s life with partial change of original things; but it’s also very hard since it’s tough to success and amplifies the original value in a new design. For the highline example, it is harder to re-design existing thing than to create completely new things. It not only makes me think about reshaping landscape, but also about re-use/re-design things in our life. Refer back to zero waste fashion, I think re-design can also become a good topic in fashion industry to explore—how can we use our creativity to re-use/re-design old stuff/fashion we already have? Design is a tool, and it can use in many ways. If design can change the world, I think re-design probably is a big part of it.

More reference: http://thelowline.org

Link: http http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669107/make-way-high-line-former-nasa-engineer-kickstarts-lowline-underground-park#4

Global Issue: Urban Design

Primary design lens: Urban planning/ design

Secondary Design lens: Re-design / Sustainability

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One Response to Make Way, High Line: Former NASA Engineer Kickstarts “LowLine” Underground Park

  1. Barbara says:

    Sophie, your point: “it is harder to re-design existing thing than to create completely new things” is something we should discuss in recitation. In a sense, this is “culture”–the negotiation with nature, culture, social, etc. There never exists the tabula rasa we may wish for and this might be the origin of creativity–the fact that we have to work with what exists. How we do this raises questions of ethics, politics and justice.

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