what is keeping us from transitioning to underground buildings instead of building bigger skyscrapers?

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  • Luke
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    It's more expensive and people like to have windows. 

  • 1 month ago

    30000 feet or more of water saturated sediment above bedrock. This is why N re Orleans has no subway system and some of it is sinking as fast as a 1/2 inch per year. 

  • Newton
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Cost. It takes a lot of money to excavate soil. It is easy to build a 100 ft. tall building but it would be prohibitively expensive to excavate all the soil needed to build something just as big underground.  Safety. If there is flooding, it would be difficult to get back to safety from underground. Sunshine. People like the sun better than artificial lights. 

  • 1 month ago

    I am thinking that it is a matter of costs and really a matter of desirability.  People don't want to live underground.  It is claustrophobic.

    We cannot dig down to the same depths as we can build up at even close to similar costs.

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  • Tom
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Where would you put the dirt?   The piles would be as tall as the skyscraper---Bigger actually---as dug dirt has 1/3 more volume because of original packing being disturbed. 

  • Dixon
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Digging deep holes is actually quite difficult and expensive. Also, if there is anything like a normal water table, be aware that water pressure increases by 1 atmosphere per 10 meters of depth.

  • Amy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    (1) It would cost more

    (2) People like windows.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Who would want to live like a rodent???

  • 1 month ago

    Pressure..not sure what else to say

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