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Notes from the Underworld: An Architectural Exploration

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Notes from the Underworld: An Architectural Exploration

Stefano Corbo

Available November 2019

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Since early times, humans have explored the space below their feet for different purposes: to flee persecution and war, to find protection from severe climates, to improve urban life—and more recently, to solve environmental problems. A rare look at old and new subterranean structures from an architect’s perspective, this seminal book examines the underworld through the lenses of wartime, life and death, religious and secular rituals, and adaptive reuse. The atlas of 80+ international projects range widely in time period and type, from a house in a defunct nuclear silo to an Arctic seed bank, a Beirut nightclub, art venues, an Italian winery, and a monastery carved into a mountain. All are surprising examples of how invisible manmade spaces follow the same cultural and economic cues as their visible counterparts and are places where we store, hide, repress, and live.

Size: 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ | 90 color and b/w images | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358401 | Binding: hard cover

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Stefano Corbo is an Italian architect, researcher and assistant professor at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). He holds a PhD and an MArch II in advanced architectural design from UPM-ETSAM Madrid (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura). Corbo has taught at several academic institutions in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and has published two books: From Formalism to Weak Form: The Architecture and Philosophy of Peter Eisenman (Ashgate/Routledge 2016) and Interior Landscapes: A Visual Atlas (Images 2016). In 2012 he founded his own office, SCSTUDIO (www.scstudio.eu), a multidisciplinary network practicing public architecture and design, preoccupied with intellectual, economic, and cultural contexts.