Architecture: ‘Above Below’ Subterranean Self Sufficient Skyscraper City

13 Oct
2010

‘Above Below’ A Subterranean City that will heal the earth.

As we all know, we are in the process of depleting our natural resources, especially through open-pit mining exploits which leaves huge gaping holes in the ground, causing scars in the earth. Matthew Fromboluti of Washington University in St. Louis has a plan to heal those scars with an underground skyscraper that fills the hole and creates a self-sustaining community in its place.

His architectural proposal, Above Below, is to infill the 900-foot deep and nearly 300-acre wide crater left by the former Lavender Pit Mine outside of Bisbee, Arizona.

The underground skyscrapers would be covered with a earthen dome with skylights to let sun in and help control the climate.

The cone-shaped skyscraper is inverted in the hole and held in place with structural supports stuck into the sides of the mine as well as at the very bottom.

The top of the skyscraper is covered with a dome full of skylights to help control the climate and let daylight in. The self-sufficient community is connected to the nearby town via a light rail system. It would contain various areas for living, working, recreation, and growing platforms. The entire structure is suspended via walkways and cables. Commercial areas are located near the top and living quarters are lower down below. Large intake tubes located near the bottom suck in cool air and exhaust it out the top.

Commercial areas are located near the top and living quarters are lower down below. Large intake tubes located near the bottom suck in cool air and exhaust it out the top. Wind turbines and solar catchers take renewable resources and produce renewable energy.

Ingenius. Would you live in this subterranean city?

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