SELF-CONTAINED UNDERGROUND CITIES: THE REALITY OF THE FUTURE

//SELF-CONTAINED UNDERGROUND CITIES: THE REALITY OF THE FUTURE

Due to many reasons, but mainly due to the increase in the world population and the devastation of the environment, architects are outlining plans to develop self-contained cities underground. Imagine living our entire lives underground. No sunlight, no soft breezes and no falling rain. It would surely be a different world to the one we are accustomed to. And, although it might not appear to be a world that most of us would want to live in, plans to build such cities are being developed as we speak. This suggests that in addition to the drawbacks, there are some positive aspects to this proposed way of life.

One benefit of living underground is that it can protect human beings from some of the harmful effects of environmental destruction. For example, with global warming and ozone depletion contributing to higher temperatures, some may find the idea of living underground quite comforting. Furthermore, urban living has become very expensive as more people have opted to live in cities. With less space available to house them, real estate prices and rents have skyrocketed in recent years. In many countries, including the UK and the US, working people cannot find a roof they can afford and cannot leave the city where they are, because that way, they will lose their job. In this climate of unaffordable housing, choosing to live underground may seem like a more economical way to enjoy the advantages of urban living and, at the same time, it might solve the problem of overpopulated cities.

On the other hand, there are certain drawbacks to living underground. To start with, there are some psychological effects. A lack of sunlight can cause severe depression and other ailments due to a change in our body’s production of melatonin. For this reason, scientists intend to put artificial lighting everywhere to create an illusion of natural sunlight. However, one can assume that this will be a poor substitute for the sun itself. Another disadvantage is the fact that it would be dangerous to build these cities underground in an earthquake-prone area as these structures would be the ones most affected. It is a well-known fact that manmade structures do not stand a chance when nature strikes, not least when they are below ground.

All things considered, although there are certain advantages to underground living, I personally would not feel comfortable living there. Call me an extreme romantic, but I prefer the warmth of natural sunlight, the pitter patter of the rain and the sensation of a cool breeze on my face.

On the other hand, there are certain drawbacks to living underground. To start with, there are some psychological effects. A lack of sunlight can cause severe depression and other ailments due to a change in our body’s production of melatonin. For this reason, scientists intend to put artificial lighting everywhere to create an illusion of natural sunlight. However, one can assume that this will be a poor substitute for the sun itself. Another disadvantage is the fact that it would be dangerous to build these cities underground in an earthquake-prone area as these structures would be the ones most affected. It is a well-known fact that manmade structures do not stand a chance when nature strikes, not least when they are below ground.

All things considered, although there are certain advantages to underground living, I personally would not feel comfortable living there. Call me an extreme romantic, but I prefer the warmth of natural sunlight, the pitter patter of the rain and the sensation of a cool breeze on my face.

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By |2019-02-23T14:24:59+02:00February 23rd, 2019|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. John March 10, 2019 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Dear Iris, for sure this is something to think about.

  2. George March 10, 2019 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    We would need a long time to adjust!!

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