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Would you want to live here? (if it were to actually be built)

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM
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Building Down Instead of Up?

By Bill Weir & C. Michael Kim | This Could Be Big - Tue, Nov 8, 2011

My step-mom refuses to sleep in any building higher than the reach of a firetruck ladder, which is why we live on the 56th floor (Just kidding, Judy). But after seeing the sketches of Mexican architect, Esteban Suarez, I wonder how she would do in an "earth scraper?"

Suarez has imagined a massive building for those who prefer holes to heights and a novel solution around a law that bans structures higher than eight stories in the crowded, historic center of Mexico City.

Instead of a soaring tower, Suarez wants to dig an inverted pyramid nearly a thousand feet deep with enough apartments, stores and offices to hold 100,000 people.

On a planet of 7 billion, is this a space-saving idea whose time has come? Or an engineering folly impossible to construct? Take a gander and share your thoughts via @BillWeirABC on Twitter.

I don't personally know if I'd be comfortable living 1,000 feet underground....

by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM
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Radarma
by Ruby Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

 NEVER.

heidimoose134
by Momma Moose on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM
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I wouldn't be comfortable doing that.

I'd also like to add that you're in just as much trouble if there were to be a fire if you're living 1,000 feet underground as you would be in if you were on the 56th floor. 

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punky3175
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

 I think I'd personally miss nature more than anything.  I can't imagine being surrounded by rock everywhere you turn.  That would make me seriously claustrophobic (I think that's how it's spelled. :D)

Quoting heidimoose134:

I wouldn't be comfortable doing that.

I'd also like to add that you're in just as much trouble if there were to be a fire if you're living 1,000 feet underground as you would be in if you were on the 56th floor. 

 

heidimoose134
by Momma Moose on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Yeah, I've lived in a basement and that's bad enough. I get seriously depressed when I don't get enough sunlight. I couldn't imagine not having windows or only seeing rocks outside my window. Screw that.

Quoting punky3175:

 I think I'd personally miss nature more than anything.  I can't imagine being surrounded by rock everywhere you turn.  That would make me seriously claustrophobic (I think that's how it's spelled. :D)

Quoting heidimoose134:

I wouldn't be comfortable doing that.

I'd also like to add that you're in just as much trouble if there were to be a fire if you're living 1,000 feet underground as you would be in if you were on the 56th floor. 

 


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stormcris
by Christy on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM

I would do it. Perhaps not in an apartment type structure but living underground ...sure.There is a lot of benefit to it.

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by Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM
Ohhhhh hell no lol Scary.
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punky3175
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

What appeals to you about it?

Quoting stormcris:

I would do it. Perhaps not in an apartment type structure but living underground ...sure.There is a lot of benefit to it.

 

PEEK05
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

I know I wouldn't be the guinea pig in such an idea.

lga1965
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

 Nope. Ground level or maybe one or two stories high. I couldn't handle a high rise or an under the ground dwelling. No way.

stormcris
by Christy on Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:45 PM

It's climate controlled, hurricane and tornado proof, and I have photophobia. 

Quoting punky3175:

What appeals to you about it?

Quoting stormcris:

I would do it. Perhaps not in an apartment type structure but living underground ...sure.There is a lot of benefit to it.

 


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