Going underground


When we think of underground space many of us think of carparks, subways and storage. Or we think of dark science fiction scenarios – mole people living deep below our cities! But as we move into an increasingly urbanised 21st century – is it time to rethink the way we construct? And start building down as well as up? A growing number of people think we should be making better use of our underground ‘real estate’ as a way to ease some of our future urban pressures.


Antony Funnell


Professor Samuel Ariaratnam

Construction Engineering Program Chair, Arizona State University. Chairman of the International Society for Trenchless Technology.

Dr Ray Sterling

Professor Emeritus at Louisiana Tech University. Founding Director of the Underground Space Centre at the University of Minnesota.

John Carmody

Director of the Centre for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota.

Harry Poulos

Senior Principal at Coffey GeoTechnics and Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney.

John Moore

Manager GIS and Operations, Emergency Information Coordination Unit, Land and Property Information Division, Department of Finance & Services at the New South Wales Government.

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