The author examines the possibility of building underground as an answer to the problem of revitalising cities. It is suggested that from a technical point of view many more solutions to underground construction problems are available now and that underground projects are becoming more feasible. Details are given of underground transportation in Amsterdam and the Federal Republic of Germany as examples of subsurface use. The main obstacle against such developments is identified as the short term planning of politicians and decision makers which conflicts with long term planning needs. It is emphasised that the interaction between building structure and surrounding earth is complex and must be analysed in detail. Particular reference is made to the Netherlands where soft soil and high water tables have previously made underground projects too expensive to consider. (TRRL)

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    • This paper was presented to the 8th congress of the International Federation of Municipal Engineers, Madrid, 1982.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Kinslea Press Limited

    Central Buildings, 24 Southwark Street, London Bridge
    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Lohuizen, HPS van
  • Publication Date: 1982-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 198-207
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 109
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: Thomas Telford Limited
    • ISSN: 0263-788X

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  • Accession Number: 00392737
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 29 1985 12:00AM