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Underground Structures – the phenomenon of the 21st century

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 02.12.2011 - Tagged as: , , , ,

The University of Chicago's Mansueto Library by Helmut Jahn; photo courtesy of the architect

In The Time Machine, HG Wells wrote: “there is a tendency to utilize underground space for the less ornamental purposes of civilization.” In that book, Wells imagined a future in which industry had been completely located underground, whilst above ground all was green and leafy. At the end of the 19th century, it was perhaps understandable to imagine a future where this was the case. After all, as Wells put it, referring to the working class areas of London: “Even now, does not an East-end worker live in such artificial conditions as practically to be cut off from the natural surface of the earth?”

(by Tim Abrahams)


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