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 - Monday 4/14/14 - 6:29:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
First off, which article?

As for the 'greater good', no, just no. Where is the greater good in having poor people living in holes in the ground?

Yup, poor people. What, you think the 1%ers are going to start burrowing? Dream on...
8 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 6:38:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh, lol. I was looking at articles about it and I guess I thought there was one appended to this for some reason.

Yes, people are way too selfish and ignorant for it to ever be realised.
8 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 4/14/14 - 6:44:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't consider not wanting to live underground 'selfish and ignorant'.

I consider that 'normal'.
8 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 4/15/14 - 9:08:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think saying it's normal is a cop out; a straw man. Saying something is 'normal' doesn't really bear much weight; afterall, people say gay sex isn't 'normal', but we all (at least the one's who think about it) reasonably agree it is.

A reason other than 'it's not normal' has to be given (and, subsequently, being able to defend any refutations of said reason).
8 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 4/15/14 - 9:17:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
And I can't think of any other reason why it wouldn't be a selfish or ignorant act. It's selfish because they go, 'no! I WANT my villa by the sea!' or 'I WANT my tiny window!' in the face of the really compelling argument of, hey, this can save the planet and make life better for everyone overall, and let's just consider this for a second and see if it's viable (which means lives will be affected very little, and we will continue existence quite happily, and not uncomfortably). And, again, ignorant because they (the people that disagree) refuse to acknowledge, wholly, the arguments for it.

It's definitely not something humanity could do in one day, and it is certainly radical, but still, society has changed an awful lot in the last century. I don't see it as impossible.
8 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 4/22/14 - 9:55:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think so. I like waking up to natural sunlight.

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