14 INTERIORS & SOURCES FEBRUARY 2015 interiorsandsources.com
Lower East Side, New York City
New York City’s newest park development
isn’t exactly what
you’d call conventional,
project follows on the
heels of the popular High Line, an elevated urban
green space on NYC’s West Side built on decommissioned railroad tracks, but with one major
distinction: it’s billed as the world’s first underground park thanks to the use of innovative solar
The Lowline is a community-led effort
to transform an abandoned trolley terminal
beneath Delancey Street into a subterranean park
using “remote skylights” that will concentrate natural sunlight at the street level, and then channel it
underground, generating enough light to support
Designed by James Ramsey of Raad Studio,
the proposed solar technology harnesses sunlight which passes through a glass shield above
the parabolic collector, is reflected and gathered
at one focal point, and directed underground.
Sunlight is transmitted onto a reflective surface
on the distributor dish underground, transmitting
that sunlight into the space. During periods of
sunlight, electricity would not be necessary to
light the space.
strategic partnerships to better lever-
age their respective positions in the
market. Acuity launched four new OLED
luminaire products and concepts at Lightfair
using LG Chem’s next generation technology to
demonstrate exciting advancements in both mar-
ket-ready products and revolutionary concepts.
Additionally, LG Chem announced an aggressive price cut to help stimulate the OLED luminaire
market leading up to Lightfair—a move made
possible by alterations to the glass substrate and
encapsulation material, making the panels thinner
and lighter than before.
Sustainable Light in the
Here’s a rather staggering statistic to the average
westerner: 1.2 billion people around the world
the least green areas of New York City—pre-
senting a unique opportunity to reclaim unused
space for public good.
At the 2014 Lightfair
Expo in Las Vegas,
among the trends that
emerged from the show was
the prevalence of OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting
Diodes) as viable options for lighting fixtures.
Although the technology itself is not new and has
been used in display screens for some time, its
growth in the lighting market is one that manufacturers are hoping to capitalize upon due to the
inherent benefits of OLEDs versus traditional LEDs.
Unlike LEDs that use small, focused sources
of bright light, OLEDs are surface lights made up
of multiple organic, semi-conductive layers that
emit a soft, diffused light, and can be bent into
curved shapes—opening up a broad spectrum of
new design options.
As such, the race to capture market share is
on, as evidenced by the fact that companies such
as LG Chem and Acuity Brands have developed
Developments in lighting technology are illuminating new
possibilities in unexpected places and ways.
By Robert Nieminen