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Manuscript deadline
15 October 2021

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Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems

Special Issue Editor(s)

Tonatiuh Rodriguez-Nikl, California State University, Los Angeles
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Priscilla Nelson, Colorado School of Mines
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Mark Milke, University of Canterbury
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Urban Underground Space

Systems approaches to the use of underground space in urban environments

This special issue seeks innovative and inventive submissions that break new ground in our thinking about the value and function of underground space in urban environments, particularly at the interface between above- and underground infrastructure.

The effective and integrated use of underground space is vital in a world where the majority of the population lives in urban areas, including in increasing numbers of mega-cities. A perspective that views urban underground resources as integral to urban systems can contribute to sustainable development, maintaining quality of life, and preparing the world for the impact of climate change. Topics for the special issue include those that centre primarily on people and the decisions society faces with underground spaces, and those that centre primarily on infrastructure. The former include:

  • Design choices for underground space: Maximising value by mixing traditional uses (e.g., recreation and moving people and goods) and promising new uses (e.g., agriculture, energy storage, and enhanced transportation).
  • User expectations for underground space: Evaluating and incorporating uses to accept expanded use of underground space (e.g., spatial referencing, lighting, accessibility, and safety).
  • Valuing underground space: Incorporating user-focused social, economic, political, and policy factors into evaluations of underground space.
  • Regulation: Developing regulatory systems that meet user-focused needs (new regulations, standards, land-use zoning, and design codes)

Topics that centre primarily on infrastructure include:

  • Construction practices: Evaluating the impact of construction and rehabilitation practices on infrastructure system performance; minimising the environmental impacts associated with underground construction.
  • Life cycle assessment: Developing and evaluating LCA methods that include explicit valuation of underground space resources, models for materials and system durability, and support underground/surface trade-offs.
  • Interdependencies and risk: Examination of system interdependencies, network analyses, and the implications for risk.
  • Resilience to extreme events: Advancing safety, robustness, and redundancy; using underground space to improve community resilience; developing strategies to “grow back stronger” after disruptive events.
  • Adaptable management: Developing approaches to ensure functional adaptability for unknown future needs.
  • Whole-of-life assessments: Incorporating durability, maintenance, reliable ground support and waterproofing in decision-making.

In all cases, there is a need for advanced modelling techniques, establishment of appropriate metrics, and responding to changing demands due to climate change.

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Submission Instructions

  • Those interested in contributing should discuss an appropriate scope with the Editors before submission.
  • Select “Urban Underground Space” as the special issue when submitting your paper to ScholarOne.
  • The Editors can provide authors with a Word style paper template to aide in submission.
  • Submissions should be 3,000 to 6,000 words in length with accompanying graphics.
  • Anticipated publication is in early- to mid-2022.

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