In order to be able to maintain the quality of life in urban areas in the face of increasing growth and a growing shortage of space, a change in mindset is needed in the planning and development of cities, but also in society - one that goes into depth.
In the growing urban centers, above-ground space is becoming increasingly scarce. It is becoming just as tight for traffic and business with their production facilities as it is for living and recreation. If the quality of life is to be maintained or enhanced, cities will be forced to move facilities underground. While the use of the underground for transport, logistics and energy supply is already established, this still requires rethinking in other areas.
New way of thinking in the planning of underground cities
A great many things are possible: Scientific studies and international test facilities, for example, show that shopping centers, entertainment venues, sports and training facilities, test tracks, computer centers and many other facilities can also function underground. Such measures, which are still largely unfamiliar and new, not only require a change in mindset when planning and developing cities and an increasingly long-term political approach. Rather, it is already important to sensitize broad sections of the population to the use of underground space.
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CONCRETE: This is what urban space can look like: Forum des Halles in Paris
An exciting example of the use of underground space in metropolitan areas is the visionary project of the new "Forum des Halles" halls in Paris. This building, which is outstanding in terms of both its size and its use in the center of the city of Paris, was designed and implemented as 80 percent underground space. The area used underground, with the largest underground train station in the world, would not have been found above ground in the entire urban space of Paris.