When the Lowline was proposed in 2012, the idea was unconventional. An abandoned trolley terminal in Lower Manhattan would be transformed into the world’s first underground park. Residents were both intrigued and skeptical: What would it be like? Would it be enjoyable? Safe? Accessible? How might this park serve the neighborhood, and not just be another tourist attraction? The Lowline project team knew it needed community support for the future of this shared public space—not just for buy-in, but for building. So, the Lowline partnered with Openbox to find a way to help the community see the park’s potential.
Openbox designed multiple interactive exhibits that invited residents and visitors to contribute their visions for the Lowline.