There are many pluses and minuses to underground homes. The big drawbacks are a lack of natural light, and a need to design it with correct ventilation and protection from flooding. 
The advantages are massively improved insulation, and a smaller above ground footprint. 

For an increasing population, this could be a solution to provide greatly increased housing in a limited space, but the big roadblock is that most people still just don't want to live below ground.  Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Would you live underground?
There are many pluses and minuses to underground homes. The big drawbacks are a lack of natural light, and a need to design it with correct ventilation and protection from flooding.
The advantages are massively improved insulation, and a smaller above ground footprint.

For an increasing population, this could be a solution to provide greatly increased housing in a limited space, but the big roadblock is that most people still just don't want to live below ground.


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8 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 3/23/14 - 4:08:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I need daylight
8 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 3/23/14 - 5:06:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes I totally would! I'd be protected from tornadoes and stuff like that!
8 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 3/23/14 - 10:58:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Could be fun.
8 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 3/24/14 - 1:56:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
not really a good idea here because of the earthquakes.
8 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 3/25/14 - 7:29:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
If WWIII comes (Ukraine, China/Japan, whatever) I'd be happy to live underground.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 10:31:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
It would be nice since we could use up any sunken cities that are hiding around
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 12:20:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd try it.

This place is kind of underground but probably not as underground as you're talking. I went to visit this house last year for a course. check it out. Pretty cool..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs08hFc_jno
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 3:50:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think I like my natural light too much. I'd also be afraid of earthquakes, collapses, or things of that nature.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 3:52:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it wouldn't be the light that bothered me, but more so the irrational thought that the enclosure would collapse crushing me.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 3:54:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think its a pretty excellent idea.

The surface can just be wild fields and farmland.

I really would love this to happen.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 3:56:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/14/14 - 3:54:03 PM spacepeanut wrote:
I think its a pretty excellent idea. The surface can just be wild fields and farmland. I really would love this to happen.


...until a tractor passes above and knocks down your air-vent, suffocating the occupants of the home.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 4:01:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
There'd be risks (hopefully not as dim-witted as that though!) and I certainly wouldn't sign up blindly, but it looks like a great solution to a huge problem.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 4:05:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm just joking around a bit. You do actually have a good point- - putting living space underground can free up lots of land for more productive uses.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 4:13:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Lack of natural light would be a problem. So would the loss of the day/night cycle.

When I worked in a complex of railway arches there were people who slept in there and didn't go out for days at a time and it caused a lot of problems and disorientation.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 4:21:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/14/14 - 4:13:24 PM Boredofu wrote:
Lack of natural light would be a problem. So would the loss of the day/night cycle. When I worked in a complex of railway arches there were people who slept in there and didn't go out for days at a time and it caused a lot of problems and disorientation.


They have 'tube' skylights that can bring natural light in from the surface.

http://www.solatube.com/?_kk=solar%...
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 5:32:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/14/14 - 3:52:48 PM Avant-garde wrote:
No, it wouldn't be the light that bothered me, but more so the irrational thought that the enclosure would collapse crushing me.


That would be a big concern and I don't think it would be irrational at all.

I would also worry about feeling disconnected from the world, to say nothing of my worries about fire and security.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 5:36:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/14/14 - 3:52:48 PM Avant-garde wrote:
No, it wouldn't be the light that bothered me, but more so the irrational thought that the enclosure would collapse crushing me.
On Monday 4/14/14 - 5:32:18 PM Guilty_Spark wrote:
That would be a big concern and I don't think it would be irrational at all. I would also worry about feeling disconnected from the world, to say nothing of my worries about fire and security.


The 'disconnection' can be easily addressed by building multi-unit apartment buildings underground instead of single family dwellings...
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 5:41:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
So instead of one family disconnected from the outside world, you have a bunch of them.

Great plan...
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 5:44:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/14/14 - 5:41:14 PM Guilty_Spark wrote:
So instead of one family disconnected from the outside world, you have a bunch of them. Great plan...


They are allowed to go above ground. This isn't a bomb shelter or a WOOL silo where people live to escape a contaminated world...


8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 5:46:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh, great. So in order to see the world I have to not only leave my home, but now an entire complex?

F**k that.

I can look out my window whenever I please, even open it for some fresh air. Underground, I'd see tunnels at best.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 5:47:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
The surface should have parks and other things engineered for well-being and socialisation.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 5:49:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/14/14 - 5:46:41 PM Guilty_Spark wrote:
Oh, great.


It's not the ideal, certainly; we'd all love to have a huge house next to a forest/beach/mountain, but it's just not possible, given the population. It's for the greater good.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 5:56:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
And the idea is not for it to be some metallic vent. It would have to be more than hospitable. I'm sure humanity could engineer something great.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 6:04:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 4/14/14 - 5:56:59 PM spacepeanut wrote:
And the idea is not for it to be some metallic vent. It would have to be more than hospitable. I'm sure humanity could engineer something great.


We already have. We call them houses. We're not a burrowing species, living underground will ever feel normal to us.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 6:10:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well it actually hasn't been tried to its full potential so you really can't say that.

As I was saying (and the article does too, and the question is hinged on the same argument), it may not be the most desired, but it may be for the greater good.

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