underground, infrastructure, sustainability, tunnels, energy, repurpose
Abandoned underground infrastructure is an example of an untapped surplus in energy that an architect has the opportunity to reappropriate. Tunnels in particular, can be used as systems to heat or cool a network of buildings above ground to create more sustainable urban environments. In addition to greater energy efficiency, the system could also have beneficial social implications within segregated cities by providing fluid connections between divided neighborhoods.
This thesis will establish a framework for repurposing underground infrastructures. The strategy operates under an umbrella of sustainability and urban improvement which are two concepts applicable to sites far beyond the ones researched here.
Ramirez, Alexandra N., "As Above, So Below: Tapping Into the Latent Energy of Abandoned Underground Infrastructure" (2016). Architecture Thesis Prep. 347.
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