This book investigates the relationship architecture has with the underground. It provides a broad ranging historical and theoretical survey of, and critical reflection on, ideas pertaining to the creation and occupation of underground space. It overturns the classic dictates of construction on the surface and through numerous examples explores recoveries of existing voids, excavations, caves, quarries, grottos and burrows.

The exploitation of land, especially in areas of particular value, has given rise to the need to reformulate the usual approach to building. If the development of urban sprawl, its infrastructure and its networks, generates increasingly compromised landscapes, what are the possible strategies to transform, expand and change the usual relationship between abuse of soil and unused subsoil?

Psychological, philosophical, literary and cinematographic legacies of underground architecture are mixed with the compositional, typological and constructive expedients, to produce a rich, diverse and compelling argument for these spaces. As such, the book will appeal to architecture students, scholars and academics as well as those with an interest in literary theory, cinema and cultural studies.

chapter 1|14 pages


ByAntonello Boschi

chapter 2|14 pages

Notes from underground

ByAntonello Boschi

chapter 3|14 pages

The city other

ByAntonello Boschi

chapter 4|13 pages


ByAntonello Boschi

chapter 5|11 pages

Novelty is but oblivion

ByAntonello Boschi

chapter 6|13 pages

Stone skies

ByAntonello Boschi

chapter 7|15 pages


ByAntonello Boschi

chapter 8|12 pages

Sous passages

ByAntonello Boschi

chapter 9|11 pages

Buried high-rises

ByAntonello Boschi

chapter 10|15 pages

Brightening the dark

ByAntonello Boschi, Antonio Salvi