19 Oct '11, 2pm

Can we turn mining pits into underground cities?

Can we turn mining pits into underground cities?

Architect Matthew Fromboluti designed this inverted skyscraper to make use of abandoned open-pit mining operations in Bisbee, Ariz. The 900-foot underground building (maybe we should call it a mantle-scraper?) wouldn't just be for residences -- it would comprise an entire self-sufficient subterranean city, including crops fed by skylights. This isn't just an attractive way to heal a 900-foot-deep, 300-acre mining scar. It could also be the most energy-efficient way to live in the desert. The underground city would be shielded from sunlight, and the structure is shaped to vent hot air, so it's naturally climate-controlled. And while light rail would connect the Üntertown to nearby Bisbee, the in-house farm would mean residents wouldn't need to truck in food supplies.

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