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Living Underground (literally)
Ok, need to exercize some of those gray cells between the ears. I am curious as to what are some of the construction techniques employed for building a living space that is completely under earth. I've seen shows about weird/strange homes, but they've focused on caves and walk-out earthen home designs.
I am curious if anyone cares to talk about homes completely under the ground, as opposed to being walk-out types. Being that I was born and raised in New England, where a basement is surrounded on all four sides with earth, I wonder if anyone has come up with designes for homes completely underground.
And while we like to be able to look through windows at the outside, how much time do many people actually do this, as opposed to getting sunlight, the weather, etc.? With this in mind and with increasing more sophisticated technologies, both in construction and in amenities, I wonder how 'comfortable' some could get before being carted off to the funny farm for isolation-induced mental breakdowns.
I ask all of this not because I have a real interest, but more along the lines of reflecting on science fiction literature from my youth and the concepts Isaac Asimov brought to my mind in Caves of Steel. Looking at the idea, one could save on siding, windows, etc., but the savings could wind up consumed in reinforced structure (to support the earth above) and other unknowns (to me).