The Best Solution To Stop Skyscrapers From Casting Shadows?

The Best Solution to Stop Skyscrapers From Casting Shadows on Central Park

Upper Manhattan-dwelling New Yorkers have been complaining for years that supertalls are going to ruin the views from their beloved Central Park. Here's a very good solution: lower the elevation of the park.

New York Horizon by Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu via E-Volo

The annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition consistently delivers some of the wackiest concepts for tall buildings we've ever seen. I particularly love the way the winning proposal, named New York Horizon, subverts the competition's intentions completely. Instead of designing a whimsical tower, Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu propose excavating Central Park just enough that the skyscrapers around it fade into the distance.

The new, lower Central Park would be 30.48m below street level, just enough to remove New Yorkers from the urban experience. The perimeter would be surrounded by mirrored glass that would vaguely remind park-users that they were in the city, but mostly just reflect the terrain around them.

The Best Solution to Stop Skyscrapers From Casting Shadows on Central Park

Sunken Central Park Besides adding legitimate hills, rock climbing areas, and swimmable lakes, the design also calls for the same types of hiking and jogging trails you have today. (That said, the terrain looks a bit more rugged, which isn't very promising for the future for the city's contested horse carriages.) Of course, all that dirt currently in the park will have to go somewhere — so the designers propose using it to add mini-mountains to underdeveloped plots all over Manhattan.

Remember that all of Manhattan once looked more like this — It was a rugged, bedrock-strewn landscape that had to be heavily sculpted and filled just to look somewhat park-like. In that way, the plan returns the park to its natural state. Giving the park a more dramatic landscape would allow you to feel like you've not only escaped the city, but also travelled through time, while only being a few steps from the subway. The supposed shadows from the supertalls wouldn't really be any match for the glorious rock formations before you. You'd probably forget they were there entirely.

[eVolo]


Comments

    I was thinking...extraction of existing dirt ecposing real rock structures of central park. But adding rocks? Stupid idea.
    Lets talk building a billion population city on long island, bulldozing the old cities, and turning half the US mainland into farm land and the other half into a national park. Behold the ultimate fintech. A radical change that ends the unitef states of america as you know it.

    I reckon they should do what you are saying, but each district could focus on a different farming or mining capability, and they could all support the capital. To keep them in check, every year they should send two kids along to have a fight to the death - which they then televise.

    When you write it all down like that you wonder how it ever got approved as a series of books or movies...

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