Published April 7, 2015
The Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS) joins the World Urban Campaign
ACUUS is an international ‘Think Thank’ for the underground space definition and planning initiatives with a continuous goal of broadening the membership across continents and countries. To achieve this, ACUUS hosted last year in Medellin, a networking event at the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum, and signed a MOU of collaboration with UN-Habitat in September 2014, to promote the sustainable use of the underground space. Last October 2014, ACUUS participated to the Urban Thinkers Campus in Caserta, Italy, another initiative of UN-Habitat in preparation of Habitat III.
As a result of those activities, the Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space now joins forces with the World Urban Campaign. The Campain seeks to facilitate collaboration and bring people together to create a better and sustainable urban future for all. If you are interested to help us in that campaign, please contact the Secretariat.
Partners of the WUC: http://www.worldurbancampaign.org/partner/
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ACUUS 2018 "Integrated Underground Solutions for Compacted Metropolitan Cities"
5 - 7 November 2018, Hong Kong
The conference will invite globally recognized speakers and world authorities in Urban Underground Space to share their experiences and knowledge with planners, architects and engineers in the region. It is intended to hold keynote presentations to showcase latest thinking and approach in integrated compact city urban design.
Parallel sessions to suit various interests will be organized to further present the state of the art in those related and key underground space disciplines. Discussion and debate will be sought to analyse and assess topical key issues related to urban underground design and implementation.
The conference will seek high quality papers that can provide insight, rigour and useful practical examples of integrated underground solutions for compact metropolitan cities.
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The First Online Database for Worldwide Underground Space Development
For the first time, a universal database is being developed aiming at displaying the “thousand faces” of the underground development, both contemporary and historical. It aspires to establish itself as a reference point for all underground scholars, containing valuable information regarding the utilization of the underground space. The task relies on crowdsourcing and the joined forces of thousands of underground development enthusiasts around the world.
The Underground Atlas has been development by he Laboratory of Mining and Environmental Technology (L.M.E.T) of the National Technical University of Athens (http://www.minetech.metal.ntua.gr/) in collaboration with ACUUS (www.acuus.org). The L.M.E.T has been systematically carrying out research on underground development, with a specialization in underground hazardous waste repositories, the economics of the underground development (including positive externalities), the use of mining methods in creating underground space, etc.
The Director of the Laboratory, Professor Dimitris Kaliampakos, has also been elected as the President of ACUUS. He has been systematically involved in underground development research for more than 20 years.
Follow this link for web navigation and mobile application download: http://u-atlas.metal.ntua.gr/
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