Monday, November 25, 2013

on the dl


Tokyo is overbuilt and so by the 1970’s buildings started heading underground.

But psychological problems began to develop in office workers as deprived of sunlight as if working in a mine.

So they invented the Himawari Solar Lighting System, named after the Japanese word for sunflower. 

Himawari uses roof mounted tracking fresnel lenses to capture sunlight and fiber-optic “pipe” it underground.

Now that technology is coming to the Lower East Side.

An abandoned Delancey trolley station is being converted into the “Lowline”, a new public park. 

This subterranean green space will be one of the first in the world.

It’s slated to open in 2018.

Our enlightened future is now.

No comments:

Post a Comment