Journal article

A collaborative approach for urban underground space development toward sustainable development goals: Critical dimensions and future directions

Fang-Le Peng, Yong-Kang Qiao, Soheil Sabri, Behnam Atazadeh, Abbas Rajabifard

Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering | HIGHER EDUCATION PRESS | Published : 2021


The utilization of urban underground space (UUS) offers an effective solution to urban problems but may also negatively affect urban development. Therefore, UUS development needs better concerted guidelines to coordinate various urban systems and the multiple components of the underground world. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which should be viewed as important yardsticks for UUS development, do not explicitly mention urban underground space, although many of them are affected by both the positive and negative consequences of its development. To fill this gap, this review lays the foundations of relevant UUS concepts and uses exemplary cases to reveal that 11 out of 17 SDGs can be lin..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by National Key Technology RD Program

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China

Awarded by China Scholarship Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Key Technology R&D Program (No. 2012BAJ01B04), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 42071251), and the China Scholarship Council (File No. 201806260167). The authors gratefully appreciate the polishing and editing efforts of editorial office and constructive comments of the two anonymous reviewers.