Underground spaces must be used as 'second reform of land'

70 percent of the world's population is estimated to live in city centers in 2050 and underground spaces must be used as 'second reform of land', says tunnelling industry expert.

Underground spaces must be used as 'second reform of land'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Overcrowded cities like Istanbul should consider using underground space to ease congestion, said former president of International Tunnelling Association Martin Knights on Friday.

Speaking at the third International Symposium and Exhibition on Underground Excavations for Transportation in the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, Knights said: "Tunnels are long and linear and circular today but in the future there will be more about discreet complex shapes in underground situations, in city centers as we begin to use underground space as a piece of real estate, as a second reform of land."

The symposium's aim is to bring together all the actors in the tunneling and mining industries including representatives and technical staff of the public institutions, contractors, engineering firms, consultants, machine manufacturers and suppliers.

First Symposium on Underground Excavations for Transportation was held in Istanbul by the Istanbul Branch of Turkish Chamber of Mining Engineers in 1994. The Second of the Symposium was successfully held again in 2007 in Istanbul by attendance of 350 delegates from Turkey and abroad.

Last Mod: 29 Kasım 2013, 15:23
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