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Sto­ckage au centre de la terre
TRACÉS 2020 Décembre

Comment le sous-sol pourrait-il nous aider à gérer certains problèmes consécutifs aux changements climatiques ou à la densification des centres urbains?

 Articles principaux:


Zone à débattre, éditorial de Philippe Morel

Stockage au centre de la Terre, présentation du dossier, Philippe Morel

Construire en sous-sol: un bilan économique, Michael Doyle, Aurèle Parriaux et Philippe Thalmann

Utiliser le sous-sol comme un gigantesque thermos, Philippe Morel

Séquestration du CO2: remettre le carbone à sa place, Philippe Morel

Rapprocher le nord et le sud, Valeria Gozzi

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Underground Cites
New Frontiers in Urban Living

by John Endicott, Pamela Johnston & Nancy F. Lin

The urban subsurface is already the engine room of a city, a conduit for vital functions such as transport, water, electricity and sewers. However, as we confront the challenges of rapid urbanization and climate change, it could also hold the key to the future livability and resiliency of our cities. Through its collection of articles contributed by diverse thought leaders, Underground Cities offers a global, multidisciplinary, and multi-dimensional exploration of what has been called the 'final frontier' in urban planning – the largely untapped resource of the subsurface of our cities.

Launched against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on people’s perceptions of space – personal and public, “Underground Cities” is a timely invitation to everyone to think forward and strategically, about our future needs for this vital commodity for livability.




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Deep Excavations in Soil

by John Endicott


The book describes the theory and current practices for design of earth lateral support for deep excavations in soil. It addresses basic principles of soil mechanics and explains how these principles are embodied in design methods including hand calculations. It then introduces the use of numerical methods including the fundamental “beam on springs” models, and then more sophisticated computer programmes which can model soil as a continuum in two or three dimensions. Constitutive relationships are introduced that are in use for representing the behaviour of soil including a strain hardening model, and a Cam Clay model including groundwater flow and coupled consolidation.


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Underground: The Worlds Beneath our Feet

by Will Hunt


Author has been an urban explorer since his early childhood. In his book, Hunt gives readers an exclusive look at all things below us. The catacombs of Paris, ochre mines of Australia, underground cities of Turkey, and subway tunnels of New York City are a few of the places the reader will explore in this book. 


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Groundscapes - Other Topographies


  GroundScape coverIn this book, the architect Dominique Perrault presents his thoughts on the architecture of the "Groundscape". An idea, a concept, the architect has been exploring and experimenting with for many years in his projects and through his fictions. It is a work on shaping reality, through subterranean architecture, where is not a question of living but of marking and carving out places for urban life in the earth, this epidermis open to the sky. October 2016

English edition - Format: 16 x 24 208 pages quadri 260 illustrations  

To buy it:

ISBN 978‐2‐910385‐98‐9 Price: €28


Mangroves urbaines
Du métro à la ville : Paris, Montréal, Singapour


       Mangroves urbaines

"C’est cette interface, entre souterrain et aérien, que ce livre tente d’explorer en proposant pour la première fois une vision d’une architecture métropolitaine qui se développe, dans la plupart des grandes métropoles, à la manière d’un écosystème végétal. Appuyant leur analyse des exemples de Montréal et de Singapour, les auteurs ont choisi, regardé, parcouru ou analysé une vingtaine de sites de Paris et du Grand Paris afin de tirer quelques règles concernant le fonctionnement de ces mangroves urbaines, leurs programmes, leurs modes d’apparition et leur mode de gestion."

Pour se le procurer:

ISBN : 978-2-37368-023-2, 2016  Prix: 32 €


Penser la ville et agir par le souterrain

Sous la direction de Bruno BARROCA

Parce que l'appropriation du souterrain nécessite un effort d'apprentissage, architectes, ingénieurs, urbanistes, chercheurs, ... en donnent dans cet ouvrage des illustrations et apportent leurs réflexions théoriques et critiques, leurs pratiques, leurs expériences.

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ISBN : 978-2-85978-461-4, 2014

Prix Internet* 47,50 €

Elsevier Special Issue of Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology (TUST) 

Urban Underground Space: A Growing Imperative

Advisory Editor: Ray Sterling
Guest Editor: Nikolai Bobylev
This special issue of Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology (TUST) is the final piece in a set of three special issues that trace the development of underground space research over the past 40 years.
The first two special issues are virtual ones, collecting the best and most relevant today papers from (1) the journal Underground Space which was a forerunner of TUST (1976–1985), and (2) key contributions from TUST over the years 1986 to 2014. The two collections are entitled “The Emergence of Underground Space Use Planning and Design” and “Improvements in Underground Space Utilization and Planning” respectively.
These special issues can be accessed until October 15, 2016 without cost on the TUST homepage and the editorial for the first issue provides a review of the publishing history of both journals to date.

Underground Engineering for Sustainable Urban Development



Committee on Underground GeoEngineering for Sustainable Development;
Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering; Board on Earth Sciences and Resources; 
Division on Earth and Life Studies; 
National Research Council

Publisher: The National Academies Press (USA)
Publication Date:  PAPERBACK (2013)
ISBN:  978-0-309-27824-9

At the request of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Research Council (NRC) conducted a study to consider sustainable underground development in the urban environment, to identify research needed to maximize opportunities for using underground space, and to enhance understanding among the public and technical communities of the role of underground engineering in urban sustainability. Underground Engineering for Sustainable Urban Development explains the findings of researchers and practitioners with expertise in geotechnical engineering, underground design and construction, trenchless technologies, risk assessment, visualization techniques for geotechnical applications, sustainable infrastructure development, life cycle assessment, infrastructure policy and planning, and fire prevention, safety and ventilation in the underground. This report is intended to inform a future research track and will be of interest to a broad audience including those in the private and public sectors engaged in urban and facility planning and design, underground construction, and safety and security.

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Sustainable Development and Management of the Shallow Subsurface

E.F.J. De Mulder, H.R.G.K. Hack and C.C.D.F. Van Ree

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Publisher: Geological Society of London

Publication Date:     17 October 2012

ISBN:     1-86239-343-5    ISBN:     978-1-86239-343-1

The focus of this book is the shallow subsurface, i.e. the first 250 metres below the Earth’s surface. This book is aimed at engineers, urban developers, lawyers, policy makers, insurance professionals, geoscientists and others involved with subsurface construction; it provides an overview of technical aspects and also of legal, governmental and policy-making issues. It also aims to raise awareness of assets and threats of the last frontier for human development on the solid Earth, and to shed light on the sustainable use of the subsurface in the past, present and future.


Comment le sous-sol pourrait-il nous aider à gérer certains problèmes consécutifs aux changements climatiques ou à la densification des centres urbains?

Articles principaux

Zone à débattreéditorial de Philippe Morel

Stockage au centre de la Terre, présentation du dossier, Philippe Morel

Construire en sous-sol: un bilan économiqueMichael Doyle, Aurèle Parriaux et Philippe Thalmann
La construction souterraine n’est pas beaucoup plus coûteuse qu’en surface : telle est la thèse que soutiennent les auteurs de cette étude comparative de différents ­scénarios d’une ­construction fictive en surface ou souterraine. Elle devrait permettre de dissiper certaines idées erronées sur la construction en sous-sol, alors que cette stratégie, qui contribue à réduire l’étalement urbain, s’apprête à entrer dans les politiques urbaines.

Utiliser le sous-sol comme un gigantesque thermosPhilippe Morel
Certaines activités produisent de la chaleur ou du froid, d’autres en consomment, selon des cyclicités qui leur sont propres. Stocker temporairement ces calories dans le sous-sol pour les distribuer lorsque la demande augmente permettrait de mieux valoriser les ressources énergétiques. Si les pays du nord de l’Europe ont une longueur d’avance dans le développement de cette technologie, la Suisse travaille à rattraper son retard.

Séquestration du CO2: remettre le carbone à sa placePhilippe Morel
Le climat mondial se réchauffe sous l’influence des émissions de carbone fossile que l’activité humaine injecte dans l’atmosphère. La technologie de captage et de séquestration de CO2, qui ­permettrait en quelque sorte de le remettre à sa place dans le cycle du carbone, représente une piste intéressante pour contribuer à atteindre les objectifs climatiques des États, notamment pour assurer la transition du nucléaire au renouvelable sans péjorer davantage le climat.

Rapprocher le nord et le sudValeria Gozzi
Le nouveau tunnel de base du Ceneri parachève le projet de la nouvelle ligne ferroviaire à travers les Alpes (NLFA) sur l’axe du Saint-Gothard. Il joue un rôle crucial, aux niveaux cantonal et national, pour le transport des voyageurs, car il s’insère dans le corridor Rhin-Alpes-Ports de la Riviera du Ponant et favorise le transfert du trafic de marchandises de la route vers le rail.