See the lab where plants grow in the dark

An abandoned underground trolley station in New York City’s lower east side has been transformed into a thriving “concrete jungle”, where plants and crops are being grown, with a somewhat remarkable level of success. We highly recommend this short video where Fast Company’s Mark Wilson takes a quick tour of the lab space.

Described as a “proof of concept space” for an underground park in New York, the Lowline Lab proves that in a dark warehouse, it is possible to design the area in such a way that lighting combined with redirected sunlight (using tubes) can lead to thriving life.

There are examples of food being grown in unusual environments, for example Growing Underground in London, but it usually requires a complex system of LED lighting to directly replicate lightning. The experience at Lowline Lab is something quite different and carries with it interesting implications for the utilisation of urban spaces and the way in which we grow plants and crops.

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