I think the future of NYC is a bright community where everyone is respectful of each other, and there are a lot of options. People can express themselves in a way that helps the community and themselves. The art helps them express themselves.  
It will a take up a lot more space, but for better things like the Lowline and other parks. It will be a lot greener because technology is being built to let plants grow underground.
Flying cars, and a bunch of new technology, like holograms.
I think there should be more art.
There might be a lot more advanced technology. Things like computers and electronics. I think they’ll look the same, but have different features. There might have to be a lot more office buildings.
I feel like it will be futuristic but a lot of the history of NYC will be here too. Buildings where all the walls are mirrors and dented-in, but there will still be brownstones.
I think the city will have augmented reality incorporated into it. Like virtual reality, but through a human eye.
NYC is already the best city in the world. It will be more modern. No one will be homeless.
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Lowline Young Designers Program

Local school kids reveal their vision for an underground park on the Lower East Side

by John Ortved
on 12 February 2014

This weekend, at NYC's Mark Miller Gallery, an enthusiastic and clever bunch of middle-schoolers shared their visions—and plans—for the future of the city. The exhibit, which will run through March 9 and is sponsored by the Lowline’s Young Designers Program, revealed the vision of local school children for an underground park in the Lower East Side, and how such a marriage of technology, geography and nature could affect their community. Some of the concepts, though for a local park, were entirely universal and reflect what is sure to be the ideas and fantasies of many kids the world over.


Over several months, the Lowline—an organization trying to build the world's first massive underground park, under Delancey Street—worked with neighborhood middle schools, having an architect talk to the students about not just the scientific and technological dimensions of their project, but the historic, community and political considerations as well.

The kids were asked to survey their communities to assess what their neighbors would like to see in such a park, before building 3D models of their own underground park, which showcased their visions. The budding designers, featured in the slideshow, shared their exciting ideas for the future.

Photos by Ali Cherkis

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