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GLOBAL UNDERGROUNDS: EXPLORING CITIES WITHIN. Ed. by Paul Dobraszczyk et al. Reaktion Books Ltd, London, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 276 pp. with 87 ills. (76 col.). 24 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781780235769 In English.
Publisher's description: Rest your eyes long enough on the skylines of Delhi, Guangzhou, Jakarta -- even Chicago or London -- and you will see the same remarkable transformation, building after building going up with the breakneck speed of twenty-first-century urbanization. But there is something else just as transformative that you won't see: sprawling networks of tunnels rooting these cities into the earth. Global Undergrounds offers a richly illustrated exploration of these subterranean spaces, charting their global reach and the profound -- but often unseen -- effects they have on human life. The authors shine their headlamps into an astonishing diversity of manmade underground environments, including subway systems, sewers, communications pipelines, storage facilities, and even shelters. There they find not only an extraordinary range of architectural approaches to underground construction but also a host of different cultural meanings. Underground places can evoke fear or hope; they can serve as sites of memory, places of work, or the hidden headquarters of resistance movements.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Architecture — Urban Planning
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171025
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