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Building Cities Underground

For the longest time, the architectural rush was to build higher and higher into the sky, and though that’s still the majority of where the market is going, constructing cities, parks, shopping malls, stadiums, and other projects are beginning to look to the ground for direction.

If you think about it, the prospect of creating a dwelling underground makes great sense, especially from an ecological standpoint. The ground is a natural insulator, which means heating and cooling costs can be kept to an absolute minimum. Also, anything created underground is safe from the aboveground elements and natural disasters.

Of course there are limitations and obstacles to such an endeavor, such as getting over the initial claustrophobia that many might feel while descending to a deep underground shopping plaza. However, with time and proper advertising, such a psychological barrier would eventually be overcome.

With architecture and technology the way it is now, we could even provide natural lighting to underground parks by utilizing complex construction designs and artful aesthetics. One of the biggest hurdles such a project would face is upfront costs. Long-term expenses would be miniscule in comparison to surface building costs, however, breaking the first dirt would prove extremely costly. It would be up to a forward-thinking city to recognize the potential for creating the world’s first underground park or plaza.

It would be a gigantic endeavor to be sure. The project would need to include a massive budget, top-quality construction, and an equally sizeable public marketing campaign. Right now, the top floor penthouse suite is viewed as the best place to live in a city. People view the underground as a dwelling for moles and miners, not for homeowners.

However, as more and more landowners in Europe and Asia are forced to better utilize their land, they’ll look to the underground, and perhaps lead the charge themselves towards the next architectural revolution.

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