What would you do with 60,00 square feet of underground space on the Lower East Side of Manhattan? A video brief from the MTA asks just that. It’s worth watching to see the disused trolley station adjacent to the Essex St. stop that’s up for redevelopment. It’s also a great briefing template for open innovation with governments and institutions. Clear parameters and an open invitation for real change.
Delancey Underground has responded with designs for a green space that employs fiber optics to reflect sunlight into the trolley terminal. With enough sunlight for photosynthesis and plants to thrive, it’s got our vote.
It will be exciting to see what the MTA unearths next for redevelopment, but in the meantime we’ll dream of trees growing under Essex St.