Notes from the Underworld: An Architectural Exploration
By Stefano Corbo, Schiffer Publishing, 2019

“Since early times, humans have explored the space below their feet for different purposes: to flee persecution and war, to find protection from severe climates, to improve urban life—and more recently, to solve environmental problems. A rare look at old and new subterranean structures, this book examines the underworld through the lenses of wartime, life and death, religious and secular rituals, and adaptive reuse.

The projects described range widely in time period and type, from a house in a defunct nuclear silo to an Arctic seed bank, a Beirut nightclub, art venues, an Italian winery, and a monastery carved into a mountain. All are surprising examples of how invisible manmade spaces follow the same cultural and economic cues as their visible counterparts and are places where we store, hide, repress, and live.”

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