Notes from the Underworld

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Notes from the Underworld: An Architectural Exploration
Author: Stefano Corbo

About Notes from the Underworld
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 from an architect’s perspective, this seminal book examines the underworld through the lenses of wartime, life and death, religious and secular rituals, and adaptive reuse. The atlas of 80+ international projects 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. AUTHOR: Stefano Corbo is an Italian architect, researcher, and assistant professor at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). He holds a PhD and an MArch II in advanced architectural design from UPM-ETSAM Madrid and is director of SCSTUDIO, a multidisciplinary network practicing public architecture and design.

2019
Hardback
144 pages