In a book written for urban planners, urban designers, architects, geologists, engineers, and for policy and decision makers, they unveil a hidden urban asset as able to provide solutions for many of the challenges urban areas face now and in the future. The authors work for Amberg Engineering of Switzerland and Enprodes of the Netherlands. Both companies welcome the timely publication of the book as cities are evermore being challenged by rapid urbanisation, climate change and the need for urban resilience.

‘Underground Spaces Unveiled: Planning and Creating the Cities of the Future’ is to all intent and purposes a book on underground urbanism. It traces the history of human intervention below the surface from the earliest flint mines to the strategies of urban space lacking cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong. The book looks at how policies on sustainable development and urban resilience need to include the urban underground space. At the same time is recognises that this requires urban planners, geologists and engineers to work together to unlock the knowledge to take the right decisions. Unplanned exploitation of underground space has in many cases led to a subsurface chaos with little room for future expansion. 

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