101-0388-00L  Planning of Underground Space

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersA. Cornaro
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


101-0388-00 GPlanning of Underground Space2 hrs
Mon13:45-15:30HIL E 9 »
10.05.13:45-17:30HPH G 3 »
A. Cornaro

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AbstractUrban underground space is the undiscovered or underutilised asset that can help shape the cities of the future. Planning the urban subsurface calls for multi disciplinary professionals to work together in shaping a new urban tissue beneath our cities. The need to plan the third dimension in the subsurface is critical in making our cities future proof, resilient and sustainable.
ObjectiveGain an appreciation and knowledge of what lies beneath our feet and what an asset the underground is for our cities. The need to plan this asset is more complex than on the surface, as it is invisible and in parts impenentrable. We look at methods and tools to gain an understanding of the subsurface and what issues and challenges are involved in planning it.
Contentweekly lectures on various topics involving cities and the subsurface.
-Major aspects of urban development
-The Subsurface as the final frontier
-Historical approaches to underground space development
-Urban sustainability aspects
-Modelling and mapping the underground
-Policy building and urban planning
-Design and architecture -creating a new urban tissue
-Future cities -resilient cities
-Governance and legal challenges
-Investment aspects and value capture
-Future proofing our infrastructure
-Best practice of underground space use
-Excursion to underground facility
Lecture notespresentation slides
book: Underground Spaces Unveiled: Planning and Creating the Cities of the Future, ICE Publishing, 2018, Admiraal, H., Cornaro, A., ISBN 978-0-7277-6145-3
Literaturevarious articles and books will be recommended during the course

please see also weblinks "learning materials"

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersA. Cornaro
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examination- attendance of excursion to underground facility on March 29, 2021.
- a quiz after the excursion.
- a group team work which will be announced in one of the first lectures to be carried out in multi-disciplinary teams based on the excursion.
- poster presentation as part of the above-mentioned group team work on May 10 2021.

Learning materials

Main linkUnderground Spaces Unveiled: Planning and Creating the Cities of the Future
LiteratureThink Deep: Planning, development and use of underground space in cities
Groundscapes by Dominique Perrault
Additional linksUnderground Spaces Unveiled: Planning and Creating the Cities of the Future
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


Places135 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is until 08.02.2021 only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupCivil Engineering MSc (126000)
Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems MSc (129000)
Waiting listuntil 15.02.2021

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