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There’s A Proposal To Build 1,000 Ft Walls Around An Excavated Central Park
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There’s A Proposal To Build 1,000 Ft Walls Around An Excavated Central Park

Designers Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu want to make New York’s Central Park available to more people by digging down to the bedrock of the park. The idea is to create a 1000-feet tall, 100-feet deep mega structure that provides a total floor area of 7 square miles, which is about 80 times greater than the Empire State Building.

“The ambition is to reverse the traditional relationship between landscape and architecture, in a way that every occupiable space has direct connection to the nature,” – say the authors of the proposal that was awarded first place in eVolo’s annual skyscraper competition.

“With its highly reflective glass cover on all sides, the landscape inside the new park can reach beyond physical boundaries, creating an illusion of infinity. In the heart of New York City, a New Horizon is born.”

More info: evolo.us (h/t: db)

“Central Park, a 1.3 sq. mile urban park, [gives] New Yorkers a chance to escape the busy urban life. However, only a fraction of them can enjoy [it]”

To make it available to more people, designers want to dig down to reveal the bedrock beneath Central Park

The 1000-ft tall, 100-ft deep mega structure [would provide] a total floor area of 7 sq. miles, which is ~ 80 times greater than the Empire State Building

Its highly reflective glass on all sides would create an illusion of infinity – giving birth to a New Horizon

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AniaUchnast
Community Member
6 years ago

How many birds will die hitting "highly reflective glass cover" which is "creating an illusion of infinity"? :(

LaurensPilger
Community Member
6 years ago

Haha, but somehow the birds have no problem with the rest of New York?

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པདྨ་ལྟ་འུཔོ
Community Member
6 years ago

Why fix something that ain't broken. The present central park is on my bucket list.

AshleyBell
Community Member
6 years ago

(: - Try to make a trip at the height of each season!

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MatthewPandaenchanter
Community Member
6 years ago

Not only will birds hit the glass, people will deface it into infinity too. Not mention that it would become a breeze-less solar oven and the perfect place to explode a bomb, generating shock-waves that knock out everyone/thing while destroying ear-drums. I cannot say it is conceptually stupid, persay, and I would not insult the 'imagineers' behind this idea, but, um, the good thing about drawing-boards is that you can always go back to them. You really can't dig your way towards this being something viable. I imagine many-a-NYCer who've been smoking joints in the park had similar 'good ideas' from time to time, which nature promptly let evaporate into the ethereal brain box we all have labeled "What the hell was I thinking!? LOL." They might as well build a cave-system or bunker under the bedrock itself, which can be secured and monitored, and activate the space as a reprieve from summer's heat and/or a giant subterranean forest or farm-scape. Double down, don't dig-down, dudes.

SarahJoyce
Community Member
6 years ago

Great comment! Plus, the F line and the future Q line subways run under the park. There are tons of tunnels below the park, including utilities and one of the water mains that supply the city. Pretty on paper, completely impractical irl.

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MarshaMello
Community Member
6 years ago

Is it April 1st already??

SarahGarland
Community Member
6 years ago

Neither this article nor the linked article says who hosted the (contest/RFP/day dream) that this proposal won. This is a silly idea either way. "Let's dig to below sea level and then create 1000 ft tall walls that still somehow allow a beautiful sunset at normal hours. Also, we could totally host the Hunger Games here."

starla4
Community Member
6 years ago

evolo magazine/journal hosted it. http://www.evolo.us/competition/winners-2016-evolo-skyscraper-competition/

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KristianClancy
Community Member
6 years ago

But why? Does Central Park need to become so self centred that it's constantly looking at itself with a "infinite reflection"? There is a beauty about the park with how it connects an insanely busy city life with nature. Don't close it off.

AshleyBell
Community Member
6 years ago

There's that thicket in the north end of the park where you'd SWEAR you were deep in the country, then round a bend in the path the beautiful city emerges...Quite a delicious disconnect

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CarolineHuisman
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't understand how digging is going to make it available to more people.

Arty
Community Member
6 years ago

see my answer to Mehdi

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SorinMares
Community Member
6 years ago

Bullshit hipster idea....

PostFede
Community Member
6 years ago

madness

MehdiAbbas(LE)
Community Member
6 years ago

i dunno how it will help to accommodate more people in the park?

Arty
Community Member
6 years ago

by digging you will have a landscape more steep and thus more place...Yet there is a lot a ecological/architectural constraints that would make this idea impossible I think

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Rogue
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6 years ago

This is retarded beyond anything the words could convey.

JoeE.Batson
Community Member
6 years ago

Trump is behind it , practicing for his WALL to Mexico!

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DanijelaPlavsic
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6 years ago

Idiotic.

WendyBradford
Community Member
6 years ago

Im laughing as this is the most ridiculous thing ever. We already got this, its called the Grand Canyon. Without walls.

CherylReeves
Community Member
6 years ago

that is just plain ugly

ElizabethMacTavish
Community Member
6 years ago

They better fucking fix the bridges and roads first before they put all these tax dollars in the dirt. Remember people there is entire rest of the state above ny city it's called UPSTATE NY and it ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! Upstate has the largest national park in the United States yes that is bigger than yellowstone!( Nothing against you YellowStone I love yah <3) All they need to do is apply themselves to the rest of the state but the city is one big giant lamprey sucking everything from the rest of the state. I am entirely sick of everyplace I have been on this earth no one even considers (one person in germany) that I could be from upstate NO ONE EVER HEARS ABOUT UPSTATE NY!!! I'm in Texas now and everyone looks at you like a fucking circus freak when you say you're from the country!! People look at what the rest of state has to offer. And mirrors create heat people......

CarolineHuisman
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't understand how digging is going to make it available to more people.

WindyGirl
Community Member
6 years ago

People can climb the "mountains" and roll on down for the sh!ts and giggles, I guess. Strangely enough, it looks like a Chinese landscape too, so there's always that.

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aranislav99
Community Member
6 years ago

It looks like a bad prank...

ElleCee
Community Member
6 years ago

This seems to be more of a contest about conceptual design rather than an actual proposal, which is good because these two designers are pretty clueless. For one, the statement that "only a fraction" of people are able to enjoy the park is ludicrous. For another, their "relocation" plan for tons of soil is to just kinda dump it into the surrounding city blocks. I think this was more an exercise isn conceptualizing the use of space rather than something someone actually thinks could work.

SJMorris
Community Member
6 years ago

Wouldn't this pretty quickly fill with water?

NancyParker
Community Member
6 years ago

I thought this was an Onion article. It's that ridiculous.

NancyParker
Community Member
6 years ago

I thought this was an Onion article. It's that outlandish and stupid.

TammyPoirier
Community Member
6 years ago

Why exactly is it, that only a 'fraction' of people can enjoy it now? And how is it that many more would be able to do so it if it were excavated? Just wondering.

Arty
Community Member
6 years ago

more place --> more people

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MariyaNavazio
Community Member
6 years ago

The park is a lovely, historic site and I really hope that this is all an exercise. I can't imagine how that would function at all!!

lanceboil11
Community Member
6 years ago

Added benefit-- When Manhattan floods central park will become central lake.

HolliM
Community Member
6 years ago

753 pumps lift 13 million gallons of spring/natural water from under this park and surrounding areas. Digging down you may have a swimming pool if those pumps ever failed.

AshleyBell
Community Member
6 years ago

what a stupid idea. The 'skyline' from within the park is one its loveliest features...

Jeau
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't wanna live in a sci-fi movie!

PeterSchenckJr.
Community Member
6 years ago

Add in some dinosaurs and this idea could work.

CenkKaraferya
Community Member
6 years ago

What a stupid idea!

RandallEpp
Community Member
6 years ago

From absolutely every point of view (ecological, aesthetic, moral, ethical, economic, and rational) this has got to be the worst, most preposterous proposal ever made. I only hope the people who were responsible were trying to be satirical the way Jonathan Swift was in his "Immodest proposal." If they were serious, well they really need to seek help. I don't think even Trump could have come up with a stupider idea. (Who also, by the way, seriously needs to seek mental help.)

Richard Stafursky
Community Member
5 years ago

Yes, it is the opposite of a species' forest. Species' Forest, Conway, MA US

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DoreenBall
Community Member
6 years ago

seems fairly insane

UlyUrsula
Community Member
6 years ago

Leave it up to man to ruin something already perfect. So basically you want to build a giant terranium where animals and humans will be trapped in a highly reflective (READ HOT) environment. How much, pray tell, will it cost to keep this highly reflective (bird killing) wall clean so that the "illusion" can be maintained. What will the illusion look like from the outside? Why don't we just enjoy the reality...I suppose later we will have to add admission fees (thus negating the access argument) to cover the costs of maintaining the glass....no thank you!

Richard Stafursky
Community Member
5 years ago

This does not help the species' forests. Nature must be returned, not played with.

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AshleyBell
Community Member
6 years ago

The skyline from within the park is one of its loveliest features....Why would anyone mess with that...Also not so sure you wanna have an area THAT far below sea level what with AGW threatening the very city itself

JackieYale
Community Member
6 years ago

I love this idea, its a perfect place where we can hold the first hunger games when Trump wins the white house. He'll be able to watch from his window. Its perfect!

GnryZns
Community Member
6 years ago

However, only a fraction of them can enjoy [it]” a huge question left to be answered..

MariusCatalinGhionoiu
Community Member
6 years ago

nice water pumps there

Shannon McKee
Community Member
4 years ago

Central Park is fine the way it is...

Brad Ley
Community Member
5 years ago

Great idea! "Build" a park that no one is allowed into!

Brad Ley
Community Member
5 years ago

Great idea! "Build" a park no on is allowed into!

Bill White
Community Member
5 years ago

What a waste of money and effort. Just because you CAN do something does not mean that you SHOULD do something. It's as though the human race if running out of things to screw with...

Richard Stafursky
Community Member
5 years ago

Human access seems to be unstoppable as some developers would have us believe. It only seems to be. Altering the land for a view is anathema to the natural landscape and the ability of the natural systems to correct climate change. This 21st century we must serve the species' forests and not modify it for theme parks. Architects have extreme egos and, like Frank Lloyd Wright, are frequently narcissists. Nature cannot afford these people.

Brent Kaufman
Community Member
5 years ago

It can get to over 127 degrees on a baseball field in a stadium shaped like a bowl because the heat is trapped in an area. Now add mirrors to that and magnify the summer sun inside a walled area and not much life would survive the burn.

Haruki Chou
Community Member
6 years ago

"To make it available to more people, designers want to dig down to reveal the bedrock beneath Central Park" -- How does this make it available to more people?

Paul Gomes
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6 years ago

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okillmeier
Community Member
6 years ago

i really hope they don't do this. i have visited new york many times and central park is my favorite. i love the beauty it brings in the middle of the caos.

BridgetWhitney
Community Member
6 years ago

It's like putting ketchup on filet mignon, you could but doing so would ruin it.

EmmaGryffindor
Community Member
6 years ago

What a terrible idea!! God I would hate how it would look if it does get made, and then what sort of 'genius' artwork will start appearing??

OthelieMoor
Community Member
6 years ago

The cost of cleaning the glass walls alone will bankrupt the city.

SarahLennie
Community Member
6 years ago

This had to be an April Fools joke...surely.

MarciaBrenner
Community Member
6 years ago

This is by far the most disappointing and stupid idea I've ever seen on this sight....or really anywhere. Hahaha

Bookercounts
Community Member
6 years ago

I find this incredibly stupid, i live in New York City and enjoy going to central park quite often, and building all wall round it is just going to make it look like another building and not the beautiful park that its is. Plus you would be removing everything that is inside central park, and it would would cost billions to do, adding tax to the already high tax rate of New York City, I'm not paying more for you to ruin one of New York's biggest landmarks.`

DeborAhn
Community Member
6 years ago

how will this make more people enjoy the park? seems like a waste of money.

JohnMartin
Community Member
6 years ago

In theory it sounds great, but how about use the proposed money for things New Yorkers could REALLY benefit from, say.... I don't know, affordable housing?

LeeRon
Community Member
6 years ago

Attack on Titans... It is happening!

Riukkuyo
Community Member
6 years ago

Preparing for the Titans I see.

PaulCorsetti
Community Member
6 years ago

Central Park was co-created by Fredrick Law Olmsted ... considered to be the Father of Landscape Architecture... why destroy it?

MikeSmith
Community Member
6 years ago

Stupid! Some people aren't satisfied until they digitize and recreate what Nature has already provided. This is a stupid wasteful idea

ElizabethButler
Community Member
6 years ago

What a HORRIBLE idea! Man's destruction of nature carried to the ulitmate!!!! Cantral Park in its current form is very very important to the citizens of New York's vast artificial environment. Even if the final result gave access to nature, the destruction during the work would deprive people of much needed access.

CampSunsetGirl
Community Member
6 years ago

This concept fails miserably and is insulting to New York City. Perhaps this design can be used in a combo Jurrasic Park and Planet of the Apes futuristic remake.

SheileaghLeens
Community Member
6 years ago

No wonder our country is going broke! whomever came up with this idea needs to re-think priorities. I spending money on this scheme (which will no doubt put lots of 'dough' in the pockets of the perpetrators) really in the best interests of the PEOPLE of the area or will it actually do what most similar grandiose schemes like this one accomplish = make the rich richer??? Bah humbug!

Lily
Community Member
6 years ago

Boo! The wall is stupid

lemsip
Community Member
6 years ago

A city park is meant to resemble a large garden or maybe if large enough a pastoral scene not a dramatic wilderness landscape. I'm sure this is a joke.

MaryWitt
Community Member
6 years ago

let Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu go back to where ever it is they came from and destroy their own parks, this is an attempt to sabotage some thing that is fine just the way it is

HerbertNenenger
Community Member
6 years ago

Blech. And I have no idea what they mean that only a fraction of people can enjoy it. Do they mean that only the people in the buildings surrounding it have a view? What about just walking into the park? There are tons of people just walking around, enjoying it. Looks like this glass wall crap would inhibit just walking in you'd probably have to walk through some tunnel and arxhway and then some paid ticketed turnstile deal to get in. No, please don't make NY into a Dubai . It's really cold and ugly looking. I hate it.

PeggyWallingfordButherus
Community Member
6 years ago

What are these guys smoking? Not only do they want to destroy the park by exposing all the rock, they want it closed off to what they believe is the "riff/raff" of society? In other words a private park for the privilege of society!

JoAnneKlein
Community Member
6 years ago

WHY? This is among the most stupid ideas of the century! It's not practical! It will cause irreparable damage to the general ecological balance of the park! And it smacks of greed by those who want to physically build it!

Eloise
Community Member
6 years ago

But....why?? It ain't broke! Don't fix it!

Martin
Community Member
6 years ago

Stupid dumb idea.

TerriGold
Community Member
6 years ago

I think it's a terrible idea.

LyoneFein
Community Member
6 years ago

What about all of the people and animals who need that easy and accessible entrance/exit to and from the park? This was designed without thinking about actual user usage at all.

LyoneFein
Community Member
6 years ago

How much of the park would have to be destroyed in order to build such a thing?

GingerShows
Community Member
6 years ago

To me the natural beauty of Central Park is perfect. How many birds would die flying into the glass? No, just no,

AnthonyO'hara
Community Member
6 years ago

How exactly dose rain drain away from a hole that has been excavated all the way down to the bedrock? Worlds largest urban park, doubles as 7 sq. mile swimming pool in winter!

MeganFlanagan
Community Member
6 years ago

Bedrock? Wasn't park of New York literally built on trash?

ValerieMarcotte
Community Member
6 years ago

Interesting take on skyscrapers, given that that's what they were doing: "Awarded first place in eVolo's annual skyscraper competition". This idea is sort of a skyscraper in reverse, adding depth around the tall buildings to have them seem huge. What a lot of time and talent put into this that is never going to be built. Maybe some other future new building project will take off from this idea and something will come of it then.

AlexandraSmith
Community Member
6 years ago

That's cool, like this: http://wishtube.tv

StevenvanEck
Community Member
6 years ago

Interesting concept, but what about the shadow being casted of that wall and the availability of sunlight throughout the park? Seems to me a lot of shadow plants are required for this concept.

StevenvanEck
Community Member
6 years ago

Interesting concept, but I don't think it will be put to practice. My only concern about this idea is that I haven't read anything about the cast of shadow and the available sunlight that would reach throughout the lowered park.

Lincoln
Community Member
6 years ago

Seems like a bad idea - it would be below sea level and a huge storm would make a giant lake. Plus the walls would be a tremendous barrier for foot traffic into the park - thus rather than increasing access it will make the park a swamp and restrict access.

AlexVics
Community Member
6 years ago

One company of eternal teenagers has proposed to build airport in the Central Park. It was right after 9/11. It seemed to them that they are very witty. And I think that anyone who suggests such projects must necessarily materialize it with his own hands. On Mars. ...\\\\·›

TinyDynamine
Community Member
6 years ago

Another thing (even though my last comment has disappeared), this will be way below sea level so it would just fill up with water immediately. The island is barely above sea level as it is.

HeatherAlisse
Community Member
6 years ago

looks like a cool idea, but I'm wondering how they'll keep it from flooding...

NarcisoL.Junior
Community Member
6 years ago

Trump aproves

TravMay
Community Member
6 years ago

Yeah. Once he hears about this, his wall with Mexico will jump to 2,000ft.

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NarcisoL.Junior
Community Member
6 years ago

Trump´s aprove

TashaHarris
Community Member
6 years ago

Great imagination guys ,I love this idea on an artistic level, I can imagine apartments in the giant walls with views of the park.

JanaNovotná
Community Member
6 years ago

Do you need more green in NYC? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenocissus_tricuspidata And leave the trees in CP alone. This is madness, Who would change trees for rocks nowadays?

DavidSchwartz
Community Member
6 years ago

What would this do to the temperature inside the mirrored enclosure?

Magnolia
Community Member
6 years ago

Anybody else notice that the deeper they dig, the more it looks like a grave?

DoreenBall
Community Member
6 years ago

seems fairly insane

SherrieLooper
Community Member
6 years ago

Why ruin something that so many people love & enjoy already, by essentially taking that away to expose the rocks underneath. Someone else already said it here, Why fix what ain't broken?

RobynScott
Community Member
6 years ago

I thought they were going to build a 1000 ft wall around Trump..........

starla4
Community Member
6 years ago

I like the uniqueness of the idea (compared to just another skyscraper...Dubai pretty much ruined the fun in that), but the practicality of it is off putting. Elevated land had more surface area than level land, so that's how it would accommodate more people. I live in Florida, so all I can think about is how hurricane Sandy rocked NYC and wonder how a storm of any size would affect the park. I can't help but wonder how people can enter/exit...in an emergency, this could get pretty awful. Keeping it clean would create some jobs, I suppose. Mostly it just touches my claustrophobia in a weird way.

SarahTrapasso
Community Member
6 years ago

I bet a ton of people would just trash the wall and spray paint it and it would look awful

GerryRobertson
Community Member
6 years ago

Very uninviting and Barren

TiffanyWaltari
Community Member
6 years ago

This seems dangerous... What if there's ever a storm and water gets in from the ocean? I don't know it just seems like a bad idea.

TravMay
Community Member
6 years ago

If anyone seriously considers this, they'll abandon it once they see the price tag. The cost of excavation alone, would be staggering.

Ego_TheMusic
Community Member
6 years ago

Wouldn't it flood really easy, be really cold and shady

KatinkaMin
Community Member
6 years ago

And so much fun for everybody to climb down into a hole full of shade at any time of the day except noon. What a daft idea. I'd be interested int he cost, though, and what it would cost - in comparison - to build green walkways across all the major roads in New york.

AustinWallace
Community Member
6 years ago

It would be better if the built housing into the wall so thousands of people could live on the edge of the park.

KTTrondsen
Community Member
6 years ago

This is a terrible idea. Not to mention the affects on nature

SarahTrapasso
Community Member
6 years ago

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!

Pemberton
Community Member
6 years ago

But who's going to clean all those glass walls?

HariKarKataka
Community Member
6 years ago

It is on an island that means having to deal with the water level if you dig down. So much of New York ground already receives next to no sunlight, lowering the park increases the problem of reduced sunlight. And yes the birds will hurt/ kill themselves on that highly reflective surface.

EvaKlevska
Community Member
6 years ago

Moronic.

TinyDynamine
Community Member
6 years ago

I can't believe they wasted their time on this. The practicalities of doing this would leave it largely impossible to achieve. How long would that take to dig out? How expensive would it be to put that wall in? Where would all the earth go to? They live in cloud cuckoo land.

JuliuszGrygierczyk
Community Member
6 years ago

Photo 3 .. NY is so ctrl+C ctrl+V :P

sneakcollector
Community Member
6 years ago

Well, that is "art" ... No need to be functional, just needs to be new, drastic, shocking...

BillLovett
Community Member
6 years ago

Since so many hate the idea, I love it.

MatthewPandaenchanter
Community Member
6 years ago

Is that why you're voting for Trump and trying to bring back slavery too, while coating your body in deer-urine-scent on the daily? Because I hate those ideas, probably like a lot of people on here. ;-) Just messin'

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LoïcCas
Community Member
6 years ago

I dig it..! (...)

KonstantinsJaunzems
Community Member
6 years ago

i imagine walking outside the park on the street along nevernending depressing wall

almostgeniusgaming
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't think you got it; they are digging down, not bring up a wall

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BrianCoddington
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6 years ago

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Build that wall, Mr. Trump! ;)

AniaUchnast
Community Member
6 years ago

How many birds will die hitting "highly reflective glass cover" which is "creating an illusion of infinity"? :(

LaurensPilger
Community Member
6 years ago

Haha, but somehow the birds have no problem with the rest of New York?

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པདྨ་ལྟ་འུཔོ
Community Member
6 years ago

Why fix something that ain't broken. The present central park is on my bucket list.

AshleyBell
Community Member
6 years ago

(: - Try to make a trip at the height of each season!

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MatthewPandaenchanter
Community Member
6 years ago

Not only will birds hit the glass, people will deface it into infinity too. Not mention that it would become a breeze-less solar oven and the perfect place to explode a bomb, generating shock-waves that knock out everyone/thing while destroying ear-drums. I cannot say it is conceptually stupid, persay, and I would not insult the 'imagineers' behind this idea, but, um, the good thing about drawing-boards is that you can always go back to them. You really can't dig your way towards this being something viable. I imagine many-a-NYCer who've been smoking joints in the park had similar 'good ideas' from time to time, which nature promptly let evaporate into the ethereal brain box we all have labeled "What the hell was I thinking!? LOL." They might as well build a cave-system or bunker under the bedrock itself, which can be secured and monitored, and activate the space as a reprieve from summer's heat and/or a giant subterranean forest or farm-scape. Double down, don't dig-down, dudes.

SarahJoyce
Community Member
6 years ago

Great comment! Plus, the F line and the future Q line subways run under the park. There are tons of tunnels below the park, including utilities and one of the water mains that supply the city. Pretty on paper, completely impractical irl.

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MarshaMello
Community Member
6 years ago

Is it April 1st already??

SarahGarland
Community Member
6 years ago

Neither this article nor the linked article says who hosted the (contest/RFP/day dream) that this proposal won. This is a silly idea either way. "Let's dig to below sea level and then create 1000 ft tall walls that still somehow allow a beautiful sunset at normal hours. Also, we could totally host the Hunger Games here."

starla4
Community Member
6 years ago

evolo magazine/journal hosted it. http://www.evolo.us/competition/winners-2016-evolo-skyscraper-competition/

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KristianClancy
Community Member
6 years ago

But why? Does Central Park need to become so self centred that it's constantly looking at itself with a "infinite reflection"? There is a beauty about the park with how it connects an insanely busy city life with nature. Don't close it off.

AshleyBell
Community Member
6 years ago

There's that thicket in the north end of the park where you'd SWEAR you were deep in the country, then round a bend in the path the beautiful city emerges...Quite a delicious disconnect

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CarolineHuisman
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't understand how digging is going to make it available to more people.

Arty
Community Member
6 years ago

see my answer to Mehdi

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SorinMares
Community Member
6 years ago

Bullshit hipster idea....

PostFede
Community Member
6 years ago

madness

MehdiAbbas(LE)
Community Member
6 years ago

i dunno how it will help to accommodate more people in the park?

Arty
Community Member
6 years ago

by digging you will have a landscape more steep and thus more place...Yet there is a lot a ecological/architectural constraints that would make this idea impossible I think

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Rogue
Community Member
6 years ago

This is retarded beyond anything the words could convey.

JoeE.Batson
Community Member
6 years ago

Trump is behind it , practicing for his WALL to Mexico!

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DanijelaPlavsic
Community Member
6 years ago

Idiotic.

WendyBradford
Community Member
6 years ago

Im laughing as this is the most ridiculous thing ever. We already got this, its called the Grand Canyon. Without walls.

CherylReeves
Community Member
6 years ago

that is just plain ugly

ElizabethMacTavish
Community Member
6 years ago

They better fucking fix the bridges and roads first before they put all these tax dollars in the dirt. Remember people there is entire rest of the state above ny city it's called UPSTATE NY and it ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! Upstate has the largest national park in the United States yes that is bigger than yellowstone!( Nothing against you YellowStone I love yah <3) All they need to do is apply themselves to the rest of the state but the city is one big giant lamprey sucking everything from the rest of the state. I am entirely sick of everyplace I have been on this earth no one even considers (one person in germany) that I could be from upstate NO ONE EVER HEARS ABOUT UPSTATE NY!!! I'm in Texas now and everyone looks at you like a fucking circus freak when you say you're from the country!! People look at what the rest of state has to offer. And mirrors create heat people......

CarolineHuisman
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't understand how digging is going to make it available to more people.

WindyGirl
Community Member
6 years ago

People can climb the "mountains" and roll on down for the sh!ts and giggles, I guess. Strangely enough, it looks like a Chinese landscape too, so there's always that.

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aranislav99
Community Member
6 years ago

It looks like a bad prank...

ElleCee
Community Member
6 years ago

This seems to be more of a contest about conceptual design rather than an actual proposal, which is good because these two designers are pretty clueless. For one, the statement that "only a fraction" of people are able to enjoy the park is ludicrous. For another, their "relocation" plan for tons of soil is to just kinda dump it into the surrounding city blocks. I think this was more an exercise isn conceptualizing the use of space rather than something someone actually thinks could work.

SJMorris
Community Member
6 years ago

Wouldn't this pretty quickly fill with water?

NancyParker
Community Member
6 years ago

I thought this was an Onion article. It's that ridiculous.

NancyParker
Community Member
6 years ago

I thought this was an Onion article. It's that outlandish and stupid.

TammyPoirier
Community Member
6 years ago

Why exactly is it, that only a 'fraction' of people can enjoy it now? And how is it that many more would be able to do so it if it were excavated? Just wondering.

Arty
Community Member
6 years ago

more place --> more people

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MariyaNavazio
Community Member
6 years ago

The park is a lovely, historic site and I really hope that this is all an exercise. I can't imagine how that would function at all!!

lanceboil11
Community Member
6 years ago

Added benefit-- When Manhattan floods central park will become central lake.

HolliM
Community Member
6 years ago

753 pumps lift 13 million gallons of spring/natural water from under this park and surrounding areas. Digging down you may have a swimming pool if those pumps ever failed.

AshleyBell
Community Member
6 years ago

what a stupid idea. The 'skyline' from within the park is one its loveliest features...

Jeau
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't wanna live in a sci-fi movie!

PeterSchenckJr.
Community Member
6 years ago

Add in some dinosaurs and this idea could work.

CenkKaraferya
Community Member
6 years ago

What a stupid idea!

RandallEpp
Community Member
6 years ago

From absolutely every point of view (ecological, aesthetic, moral, ethical, economic, and rational) this has got to be the worst, most preposterous proposal ever made. I only hope the people who were responsible were trying to be satirical the way Jonathan Swift was in his "Immodest proposal." If they were serious, well they really need to seek help. I don't think even Trump could have come up with a stupider idea. (Who also, by the way, seriously needs to seek mental help.)

Richard Stafursky
Community Member
5 years ago

Yes, it is the opposite of a species' forest. Species' Forest, Conway, MA US

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DoreenBall
Community Member
6 years ago

seems fairly insane

UlyUrsula
Community Member
6 years ago

Leave it up to man to ruin something already perfect. So basically you want to build a giant terranium where animals and humans will be trapped in a highly reflective (READ HOT) environment. How much, pray tell, will it cost to keep this highly reflective (bird killing) wall clean so that the "illusion" can be maintained. What will the illusion look like from the outside? Why don't we just enjoy the reality...I suppose later we will have to add admission fees (thus negating the access argument) to cover the costs of maintaining the glass....no thank you!

Richard Stafursky
Community Member
5 years ago

This does not help the species' forests. Nature must be returned, not played with.

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AshleyBell
Community Member
6 years ago

The skyline from within the park is one of its loveliest features....Why would anyone mess with that...Also not so sure you wanna have an area THAT far below sea level what with AGW threatening the very city itself

JackieYale
Community Member
6 years ago

I love this idea, its a perfect place where we can hold the first hunger games when Trump wins the white house. He'll be able to watch from his window. Its perfect!

GnryZns
Community Member
6 years ago

However, only a fraction of them can enjoy [it]” a huge question left to be answered..

MariusCatalinGhionoiu
Community Member
6 years ago

nice water pumps there

Shannon McKee
Community Member
4 years ago

Central Park is fine the way it is...

Brad Ley
Community Member
5 years ago

Great idea! "Build" a park that no one is allowed into!

Brad Ley
Community Member
5 years ago

Great idea! "Build" a park no on is allowed into!

Bill White
Community Member
5 years ago

What a waste of money and effort. Just because you CAN do something does not mean that you SHOULD do something. It's as though the human race if running out of things to screw with...

Richard Stafursky
Community Member
5 years ago

Human access seems to be unstoppable as some developers would have us believe. It only seems to be. Altering the land for a view is anathema to the natural landscape and the ability of the natural systems to correct climate change. This 21st century we must serve the species' forests and not modify it for theme parks. Architects have extreme egos and, like Frank Lloyd Wright, are frequently narcissists. Nature cannot afford these people.

Brent Kaufman
Community Member
5 years ago

It can get to over 127 degrees on a baseball field in a stadium shaped like a bowl because the heat is trapped in an area. Now add mirrors to that and magnify the summer sun inside a walled area and not much life would survive the burn.

Haruki Chou
Community Member
6 years ago

"To make it available to more people, designers want to dig down to reveal the bedrock beneath Central Park" -- How does this make it available to more people?

Paul Gomes
Community Member
6 years ago

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okillmeier
Community Member
6 years ago

i really hope they don't do this. i have visited new york many times and central park is my favorite. i love the beauty it brings in the middle of the caos.

BridgetWhitney
Community Member
6 years ago

It's like putting ketchup on filet mignon, you could but doing so would ruin it.

EmmaGryffindor
Community Member
6 years ago

What a terrible idea!! God I would hate how it would look if it does get made, and then what sort of 'genius' artwork will start appearing??

OthelieMoor
Community Member
6 years ago

The cost of cleaning the glass walls alone will bankrupt the city.

SarahLennie
Community Member
6 years ago

This had to be an April Fools joke...surely.

MarciaBrenner
Community Member
6 years ago

This is by far the most disappointing and stupid idea I've ever seen on this sight....or really anywhere. Hahaha

Bookercounts
Community Member
6 years ago

I find this incredibly stupid, i live in New York City and enjoy going to central park quite often, and building all wall round it is just going to make it look like another building and not the beautiful park that its is. Plus you would be removing everything that is inside central park, and it would would cost billions to do, adding tax to the already high tax rate of New York City, I'm not paying more for you to ruin one of New York's biggest landmarks.`

DeborAhn
Community Member
6 years ago

how will this make more people enjoy the park? seems like a waste of money.

JohnMartin
Community Member
6 years ago

In theory it sounds great, but how about use the proposed money for things New Yorkers could REALLY benefit from, say.... I don't know, affordable housing?

LeeRon
Community Member
6 years ago

Attack on Titans... It is happening!

Riukkuyo
Community Member
6 years ago

Preparing for the Titans I see.

PaulCorsetti
Community Member
6 years ago

Central Park was co-created by Fredrick Law Olmsted ... considered to be the Father of Landscape Architecture... why destroy it?

MikeSmith
Community Member
6 years ago

Stupid! Some people aren't satisfied until they digitize and recreate what Nature has already provided. This is a stupid wasteful idea

ElizabethButler
Community Member
6 years ago

What a HORRIBLE idea! Man's destruction of nature carried to the ulitmate!!!! Cantral Park in its current form is very very important to the citizens of New York's vast artificial environment. Even if the final result gave access to nature, the destruction during the work would deprive people of much needed access.

CampSunsetGirl
Community Member
6 years ago

This concept fails miserably and is insulting to New York City. Perhaps this design can be used in a combo Jurrasic Park and Planet of the Apes futuristic remake.

SheileaghLeens
Community Member
6 years ago

No wonder our country is going broke! whomever came up with this idea needs to re-think priorities. I spending money on this scheme (which will no doubt put lots of 'dough' in the pockets of the perpetrators) really in the best interests of the PEOPLE of the area or will it actually do what most similar grandiose schemes like this one accomplish = make the rich richer??? Bah humbug!

Lily
Community Member
6 years ago

Boo! The wall is stupid

lemsip
Community Member
6 years ago

A city park is meant to resemble a large garden or maybe if large enough a pastoral scene not a dramatic wilderness landscape. I'm sure this is a joke.

MaryWitt
Community Member
6 years ago

let Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu go back to where ever it is they came from and destroy their own parks, this is an attempt to sabotage some thing that is fine just the way it is

HerbertNenenger
Community Member
6 years ago

Blech. And I have no idea what they mean that only a fraction of people can enjoy it. Do they mean that only the people in the buildings surrounding it have a view? What about just walking into the park? There are tons of people just walking around, enjoying it. Looks like this glass wall crap would inhibit just walking in you'd probably have to walk through some tunnel and arxhway and then some paid ticketed turnstile deal to get in. No, please don't make NY into a Dubai . It's really cold and ugly looking. I hate it.

PeggyWallingfordButherus
Community Member
6 years ago

What are these guys smoking? Not only do they want to destroy the park by exposing all the rock, they want it closed off to what they believe is the "riff/raff" of society? In other words a private park for the privilege of society!

JoAnneKlein
Community Member
6 years ago

WHY? This is among the most stupid ideas of the century! It's not practical! It will cause irreparable damage to the general ecological balance of the park! And it smacks of greed by those who want to physically build it!

Eloise
Community Member
6 years ago

But....why?? It ain't broke! Don't fix it!

Martin
Community Member
6 years ago

Stupid dumb idea.

TerriGold
Community Member
6 years ago

I think it's a terrible idea.

LyoneFein
Community Member
6 years ago

What about all of the people and animals who need that easy and accessible entrance/exit to and from the park? This was designed without thinking about actual user usage at all.

LyoneFein
Community Member
6 years ago

How much of the park would have to be destroyed in order to build such a thing?

GingerShows
Community Member
6 years ago

To me the natural beauty of Central Park is perfect. How many birds would die flying into the glass? No, just no,

AnthonyO'hara
Community Member
6 years ago

How exactly dose rain drain away from a hole that has been excavated all the way down to the bedrock? Worlds largest urban park, doubles as 7 sq. mile swimming pool in winter!

MeganFlanagan
Community Member
6 years ago

Bedrock? Wasn't park of New York literally built on trash?

ValerieMarcotte
Community Member
6 years ago

Interesting take on skyscrapers, given that that's what they were doing: "Awarded first place in eVolo's annual skyscraper competition". This idea is sort of a skyscraper in reverse, adding depth around the tall buildings to have them seem huge. What a lot of time and talent put into this that is never going to be built. Maybe some other future new building project will take off from this idea and something will come of it then.

AlexandraSmith
Community Member
6 years ago

That's cool, like this: http://wishtube.tv

StevenvanEck
Community Member
6 years ago

Interesting concept, but what about the shadow being casted of that wall and the availability of sunlight throughout the park? Seems to me a lot of shadow plants are required for this concept.

StevenvanEck
Community Member
6 years ago

Interesting concept, but I don't think it will be put to practice. My only concern about this idea is that I haven't read anything about the cast of shadow and the available sunlight that would reach throughout the lowered park.

Lincoln
Community Member
6 years ago

Seems like a bad idea - it would be below sea level and a huge storm would make a giant lake. Plus the walls would be a tremendous barrier for foot traffic into the park - thus rather than increasing access it will make the park a swamp and restrict access.

AlexVics
Community Member
6 years ago

One company of eternal teenagers has proposed to build airport in the Central Park. It was right after 9/11. It seemed to them that they are very witty. And I think that anyone who suggests such projects must necessarily materialize it with his own hands. On Mars. ...\\\\·›

TinyDynamine
Community Member
6 years ago

Another thing (even though my last comment has disappeared), this will be way below sea level so it would just fill up with water immediately. The island is barely above sea level as it is.

HeatherAlisse
Community Member
6 years ago

looks like a cool idea, but I'm wondering how they'll keep it from flooding...

NarcisoL.Junior
Community Member
6 years ago

Trump aproves

TravMay
Community Member
6 years ago

Yeah. Once he hears about this, his wall with Mexico will jump to 2,000ft.

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NarcisoL.Junior
Community Member
6 years ago

Trump´s aprove

TashaHarris
Community Member
6 years ago

Great imagination guys ,I love this idea on an artistic level, I can imagine apartments in the giant walls with views of the park.

JanaNovotná
Community Member
6 years ago

Do you need more green in NYC? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenocissus_tricuspidata And leave the trees in CP alone. This is madness, Who would change trees for rocks nowadays?

DavidSchwartz
Community Member
6 years ago

What would this do to the temperature inside the mirrored enclosure?

Magnolia
Community Member
6 years ago

Anybody else notice that the deeper they dig, the more it looks like a grave?

DoreenBall
Community Member
6 years ago

seems fairly insane

SherrieLooper
Community Member
6 years ago

Why ruin something that so many people love & enjoy already, by essentially taking that away to expose the rocks underneath. Someone else already said it here, Why fix what ain't broken?

RobynScott
Community Member
6 years ago

I thought they were going to build a 1000 ft wall around Trump..........

starla4
Community Member
6 years ago

I like the uniqueness of the idea (compared to just another skyscraper...Dubai pretty much ruined the fun in that), but the practicality of it is off putting. Elevated land had more surface area than level land, so that's how it would accommodate more people. I live in Florida, so all I can think about is how hurricane Sandy rocked NYC and wonder how a storm of any size would affect the park. I can't help but wonder how people can enter/exit...in an emergency, this could get pretty awful. Keeping it clean would create some jobs, I suppose. Mostly it just touches my claustrophobia in a weird way.

SarahTrapasso
Community Member
6 years ago

I bet a ton of people would just trash the wall and spray paint it and it would look awful

GerryRobertson
Community Member
6 years ago

Very uninviting and Barren

TiffanyWaltari
Community Member
6 years ago

This seems dangerous... What if there's ever a storm and water gets in from the ocean? I don't know it just seems like a bad idea.

TravMay
Community Member
6 years ago

If anyone seriously considers this, they'll abandon it once they see the price tag. The cost of excavation alone, would be staggering.

Ego_TheMusic
Community Member
6 years ago

Wouldn't it flood really easy, be really cold and shady

KatinkaMin
Community Member
6 years ago

And so much fun for everybody to climb down into a hole full of shade at any time of the day except noon. What a daft idea. I'd be interested int he cost, though, and what it would cost - in comparison - to build green walkways across all the major roads in New york.

AustinWallace
Community Member
6 years ago

It would be better if the built housing into the wall so thousands of people could live on the edge of the park.

KTTrondsen
Community Member
6 years ago

This is a terrible idea. Not to mention the affects on nature

SarahTrapasso
Community Member
6 years ago

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!

Pemberton
Community Member
6 years ago

But who's going to clean all those glass walls?

HariKarKataka
Community Member
6 years ago

It is on an island that means having to deal with the water level if you dig down. So much of New York ground already receives next to no sunlight, lowering the park increases the problem of reduced sunlight. And yes the birds will hurt/ kill themselves on that highly reflective surface.

EvaKlevska
Community Member
6 years ago

Moronic.

TinyDynamine
Community Member
6 years ago

I can't believe they wasted their time on this. The practicalities of doing this would leave it largely impossible to achieve. How long would that take to dig out? How expensive would it be to put that wall in? Where would all the earth go to? They live in cloud cuckoo land.

JuliuszGrygierczyk
Community Member
6 years ago

Photo 3 .. NY is so ctrl+C ctrl+V :P

sneakcollector
Community Member
6 years ago

Well, that is "art" ... No need to be functional, just needs to be new, drastic, shocking...

BillLovett
Community Member
6 years ago

Since so many hate the idea, I love it.

MatthewPandaenchanter
Community Member
6 years ago

Is that why you're voting for Trump and trying to bring back slavery too, while coating your body in deer-urine-scent on the daily? Because I hate those ideas, probably like a lot of people on here. ;-) Just messin'

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LoïcCas
Community Member
6 years ago

I dig it..! (...)

KonstantinsJaunzems
Community Member
6 years ago

i imagine walking outside the park on the street along nevernending depressing wall

almostgeniusgaming
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't think you got it; they are digging down, not bring up a wall

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BrianCoddington
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6 years ago

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Build that wall, Mr. Trump! ;)

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