Around the world people have lived, worked and traveled underground. Coober Pedy, Australia, has numerous underground residences to escape the mid-day sun; subways around the world are accompanied by subterranean shopping malls. Mexican architect Estaban Suarez has a new take on underground building.
Suarez is proposing an inverted, 1000′ deep subterranean ‘highrise’ or is it a ‘lowrise’ earth scraper. His idea would support 100,000 people in apartments, offices and stores. He came up with the idea for his earthscraper as a work around for cities like Mexico City, which have height limitations for buildings in historic districts.
His idea is intriuging and he readily admits there are some issues that need resolved, but he feels this is an idea whose time has come given the population of the planet has now past 7 billion.
So, what do you think? Is this a place you could live?
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