31 Oct '11, 3pm

Mexico City’s ‘earthscraper’ would be a 1,000-foot underground building:

Mexico City’s ‘earthscraper’ would be a 1,000-foot underground building:

BNKR Arquitectura wants to build a pyramid that penetrates nearly 1000 feet into the earth below Mexico City's largest and most historic public square. Its upper floors will be illuminated through a glass ceiling that will replace the paving stones of the current square, and its deepest reaches will receive daylight piped in from fiber-optic cables routed to the surface. It's called an "earthscraper," and it's a unique solution to a problem affecting almost every large, historical city on earth. You can't build skyscrapers on what little undeveloped land is left in Mexico City, on account of height restrictions. Historical preservation, height restrictions, and density: Pick two. You can’t have them all. Unless you dig. Critics charge that an earthscraper in Mexico City is madness given the area’s history of earthquakes, but of course seismic activity doesn't mean you can'...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-10-31-mexico-citys-earthsc...

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