what is keeping us from transitioning to underground buildings instead of building bigger skyscrapers?
- LukeLv 72 weeks ago
It's more expensive and people like to have windows.
- CarolOklaLv 74 weeks ago
30000 feet or more of water saturated sediment above bedrock. This is why N re Orleans has no subway system and some of it is sinking as fast as a 1/2 inch per year.
- NewtonLv 74 weeks ago
Cost. It takes a lot of money to excavate soil. It is easy to build a 100 ft. tall building but it would be prohibitively expensive to excavate all the soil needed to build something just as big underground. Safety. If there is flooding, it would be difficult to get back to safety from underground. Sunshine. People like the sun better than artificial lights.
- busterwasmycatLv 74 weeks ago
I am thinking that it is a matter of costs and really a matter of desirability. People don't want to live underground. It is claustrophobic.
We cannot dig down to the same depths as we can build up at even close to similar costs.
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- TomLv 74 weeks ago
Where would you put the dirt? The piles would be as tall as the skyscraper---Bigger actually---as dug dirt has 1/3 more volume because of original packing being disturbed.
- DixonLv 74 weeks ago
Digging deep holes is actually quite difficult and expensive. Also, if there is anything like a normal water table, be aware that water pressure increases by 1 atmosphere per 10 meters of depth.
- AmyLv 74 weeks ago
(1) It would cost more
(2) People like windows.
- mokrieLv 74 weeks ago
Who would want to live like a rodent???
- DCM5150Lv 74 weeks ago
Pressure..not sure what else to say