underground, Tokyo, urban, Shinjuku Central Park, architecture, infrastructure
Highly urbanized areas over the world must prepare for another huge population inflow. According to the UN, around 70 percent of the world population will likely live in urban areas by 2050. Big cities such as New York City, Tokyo, and London already face land scarcity and high property costs in their main urban regions.
This thesis explores a new underground typology, adapting into existing urban contexts as a potential solution for these growing issues. Existing infrastructure elements such as parks, subways, and water tanks or sewage systems, which are omnipresent in urban regions, become part of the underground space by merging their forms into a new subterranean architectural language. These infrastructures will help create a wider and denser underground network, not only to connect one place to another but also to create a whole underground landscape that juxtaposes with the architecture above ground. By applying an osmosis effect as a strategy, this underground utilization of space will balance and connect ground to underground and underground to underground.
Lee, Byungryoung, "Falling Ground: Underground Osmosis" (2019). Architecture Senior Theses. 507.
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