Journal article

Socio-environmental costs of underground space use for urban sustainability

YK Qiao, FL Peng, S Sabri, A Rajabifard

Sustainable Cities and Society | Elsevier | Published : 2019


Underground space has been widely used in densely populated cities across the globe, and is attracting increasing attention among academics and practitioners toward further alleviating land use pressure, improving urban resilience and the quality of life. However, few attempts have been made to probe the potential threats posed by underground space use to urban sustainability. Disregarding these threats and the socio-environmental losses accruing to unreasonable underground space use will lead to failure in the decision-making process, particularly the cost-benefit analysis, of underground space development and may to some extent compromise the urban sustainability. This research intends to ..

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Awarded by National Key Technology RD Program

Awarded by National Basic Research Program (973 Program)

Awarded by China Scholarship Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding: This work was supported by the National Key Technology R&D Program [grant number 2012BAJ01B04]; the National Basic Research Program (973 Program) [grant number 2015CB057806]; and the China Scholarship Council [file number 201806260167]. The authors gratefully appreciate the efforts of editorial office and constructive comments of the five anonymous reviewers.