閱讀暖身要在成熟發展的都市中闢出一片綠地,是不小的挑戰。紐約將廢棄高架鐵路成功改造為空中公園,現在還開始打地鐵站的主意。進入文章前,請先想想這幾個字的英文怎麼說:A.停業的 B.暫時休息 C.原型

With the urge to seek an urban oasis in their (1)hustle and bustle lives, New Yorkers manage to fit parks into any corner of the city that they can. High Line Park is a success--an elevated section of a (A)defunct New York Central Railroad transformed into a (2)hot spot for recreation. Now, New Yorkers are going underground. A proposed parked called "The Lowline" is going to create subterranean green space in the city.

為了在忙碌的都市中找到一處綠洲,紐約人可以將公園塞進任何想得到的城市角落。High Line Park就是一個很成功的例子,原本棄用的紐約中央高架鐵路轉型成一個休閒的熱門景點,現在,紐約人要前進地底。The Lowline是一項新公園計畫,希望打造出地底的綠色空間。

The Lowline plans to build a stunning underground park in an historic trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of New York City. It will become a cultural attraction and (B)a respite in an urban area where the space is so limited.

The Lowline計畫在紐約市下東城的一個歷史悠久的電車車站內蓋一座驚人的地底公園,它將會為寸土寸金的大都市提供一座具人文氣息的景點和片刻的休憩。

For an underground park, the main challenge is bringing sunlight to plants. The key is a solar transmission system they called a "remote skylight", designed by James Ramsey. (3)By this approach, a set of mirrors transmits the sunlight to the reflectors. Sunlight will be gathered at one focal point, and distributed through a tube down to the core of the exhibit, enabling plants and trees to grow.

地底公園首要面對的挑戰是如何讓陽光照射到植物,關鍵是一項由James Ramsey設計,名為「遠端天窗」的日光傳輸系統,一排排的鏡面會將陽光集中反射至一點,接著由管線分配運輸到裝置的核心,讓植物和樹木能夠接受陽光而生長。

The Lowline lab isn't in the trolley station yet. In fact, in September 2012, the Lowline team built a full scale (C)prototype of the technology in a 5,000 square-foot warehouse in the Lower East Side where the team could test the solar technology and modify it.

The Lowline實驗室現在還不在電車車站裡,2012年9月,The Lowline團隊在下東城一間占地5,000平方英尺的倉庫建造了全尺寸的系統原型,讓團隊能在這測試技術並加以調整。

Once the plan is approved by the city, and the system works steadily, the actual park will open in 2020.

假如這項計畫能夠得到紐約市的許可,並確保系統能長久穩定運作,真正的地底公園最快會在2020年正式亮相。

「做完簡報,送美國客戶走到門口的那30秒,是一條最艱難的英語路」。

這句話出自於一個外商軟體公司的副總。

開會等人到齊之前,等電梯那一刻,點完餐等上菜.......他說,那樣用得到英文的場合,聊天不難,讓聊天變成生意才難。

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