A new Earthscraper by the company called, “BNKR Arquitectura” in Mexico has hit the drawing boards. It is an innovative and sexy design. They designed an underground shopping mall, museum and office park. But there are pros and cons to underground dwellings, and they will shock you.
The Earthscraper proposed by BNKR is not a small underground bunker. It is a fully functional, underground mini-city in the heart of Mexico. It represents both the current need for urban environments to maximize every square inch of valuable real-estate…as well as a desire to stay protected from outside dangers.
The BNKR Earthscraper is designed to go 1,000 feet underground. The shape of the construction is proposed to be an inverted pyramid that is slightly elongated on its vertical axis.
Some of the amenities include a shopping area and even living quarters for thousands of people.
Pros for underground dwellings like this one are simple. They provide convenience for the people who live there, and jobs for people who create them. Underground structures can be made energy efficient through careful planning and sustainability practices. Another benefit to these dwellings is the access to geothermal energy. The closer one gets to the core of the Earth, the greater the likelihood of harnessing its natural warmth. Geothermal energy is a very viable alternative energy source and makes underground structures like the Earthscraper very appealing from a renewable energy point of view.
But there is one very serious con to underground dwellings. That con is the idea of lids and locks.
Imagine that in the future the environment gets more inhospitable, wars become more frequent, and people lean toward underground structures like BNKR’s Earthscraper as the new medium for convenience and security.
Society is already moving in this direction with how many bunker systems are being sold commercially and also created by independent survivalists.
So if there was ever a serious enough emergency, everyone or a specific city could be ordered via, let’s say the Emergency Broadcast System to enter their appropriate bunker complex or underground city.
Well, what’s stopping anyone from putting a lock on the door of your bunker while you’re hiding in the dark?
What’s stopping anyone from covering your underground city with dirt while you’re getting some last-minute shopping done?
Codes for access portals can always be reprogrammed.
The very desire for security and comfort may turn into our biggest security threat.
Remember, communications seem global, but in fact the communication grids can be manipulated. It takes much less effort to isolate large populations of people if they are concentrated and have few escape routes.
If you look at how internet access works, there are trunk land lines, cellular networks, and satellite networks. Trunk lines can always be turned off, cellular networks are dependent on towers, and satellite networks can be redirected. Encouraging people to live underground would be the perfect method for selective isolation.
So before we jump ahead full bore into demanding exciting shopping malls and museums underground…we as a society should take a hard look in the mirror and ask why living on the surface doesn’t feel as safe as it used to.
SOURCES: dvice.com – Earthscraper hides 1,000 foot skyscraper underground – http://dvice.com/archives/2011/09/earthscraper-co.php#5 – Retrieved: October 25th, 2011