UNDERGROUND SPACE: THE GEOSPATIAL PLANNING OPTION FOR SYDNEY 2000. SEVENTH AUSTRALIAN TUNNELLING CONFERENCE; THE UNDERGROUND DOMAIN, SYDNEY, 11-13 SEPTEMBER 1990; PREPRINTS OF PAPERS

The first 200-450m or so of subterranean space offers city planners and developers an excellent opportunity to utilise a relatively untapped resource for residential, industrial and commercial accommodation. In this zone, it is possible to manipulate the combined thermal characteristics of the strata beneath and the atmosphere above with comparatively low energy inputs for climate control compared with above-ground buildings. A concept for the redevelopment of the city of Sydney into a low-rise garden-city (while retaining present floorspace ratios) and for the relocation of its industrial zones into subsurface space along corridors that "recycle" surface land for residential and recreational purposes is presented. Generically referred to as geotecture, both terratecture (cut-construct-cover) and lithotecture (tunnelling) technologies are utilised, and include the relocation of utilities, transit systems and waste treatment plants into conduits within these corridors. The idea of geospace utilisation is not new. Its history is traced, the ground-heat physics of its energy-efficient use is explained and it potential for the geopolis development of an existing city (or the establishment of a new Multi Function Polis, MFP) in the next century is addressed. (Author/TRRL)

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    Institution of Engineers

    11 National Circuit
    Barton, A.C.T.,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Baggs, S A
  • Publication Date: 1990-7

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  • Accession Number: 00620316
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-85825-504-9
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1992 12:00AM