Building downward facing cities

March 1, 2014

Some week’s are harder to write about than others. When looking back I can’t really recollect anything worth mentioning this week. So instead of writing about something truly boring I thought I’d post an article/video that I found really interesting.

Underground Cities: The Next Frontier Might Be Underneath Your Feet

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The idea of living in an apartment that’s underground is intriguing to say the least. I mean sure, it’s nice to have windows and such, but it feels like a small price to pay when considering the benefits. You could potentially build larger apartment-complexes which would be more sustainable, more energy efficient, well protected and they could be a lot cheaper (considering you don’t have to build walls, instead you excavate the living space).

As I can tell there’s only a few minor inconveniences, the first one — which is quite obvious — would be the fire hazard, if something starts burning most if not all residents would probably suffocate. You could potentially build around this problem with good ventilation and containment doors that could withstand the heat, but the risks are still there.

Maybe the more frightening risk is to be left locked in while zombies are raging around in the facility, but I digress.

I guess flooding could be another potential risk, but here in the Nordic countries I’d say it’s pretty slim to none.

Preproject stress


I’ve learnt something interesting about myself this week. Ever since after Christmas I haven’t really worked on any large projects at work, mostly I’ve been busy with something I’d like to call maintenance-programming, which is basically working on older projects, fixing bugs etc.

Anyway, I’m currently in a situation where I’m waiting for two rather large projects to start, and what I’ve noticed about myself is that I’m actually more worried about projects before I start working on them.

I guess it’s some kind of anxiety where the unknowns are stressing me out. When you’re already knee-deep in a project, you tackle the problems as they arise, but if the project hasn’t started you really don’t know what problems you might face, which is actually worse than facing them, weird huh?