Designs to turn Central Park into the next Grand Canyon


Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu’s award winning plans hope to create an “inverted skyscraper” called the “New York Horizon”, which would involve the excavation of Central Park in its entirety.

New York Horizon, which was designed as part of the eVolo Skyscraper competition, aimed to envision “a new paradigm by digging downward to Central Park’s bedrock”, revealing the “rugged natural terrain” below the city and creating “unobstructed views of the new underground park.”

Central Park, one of the most famous and recognisable urban green spaces, nestled in the heart of Manhattan, which is one of the busiest parts of any city on the planet, would have to be dug down to the bedrock 1,000ft below the current landscape. Then 100ft wide walls create 7 square miles of indoor space which could be used for residential or commercial properties.

Designed over 150 years ago by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Central Park, initially was a much more rugged landscape than the carefully crafted inner city park of today.

While explaining the idea, Jianshi Wu, one of the designers, said: ‘Though it’s unlikely that any of the entries to the competition were submitted with the goal that they might one day be built, we believe it’s the innovative thinking behind these designs that is important.’
Yitan, who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design like Jianshi, added  “the most abstract concepts could potentially contain the seed of a visionary idea that might otherwise never be discovered.”
However, for those who believe that the New York Horizon is a good idea, Jianshi Wu, and Yitan Sun have both already admitted that their plans for New York’s Central Park will most likely never become reality.


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