Antonia Cornaro

Expert Underground Space

Amberg Engineering


Antonia Cornaro, Amberg Engineering Expert Underground Space, and Co-Chair of ITACUS, the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association’s Committee on Underground Space

Alternative and innovative uses of underground space

International perspective on alternative uses of underground space – the latest applications and uses such as data storage and food production will be highlighted. Their role in a circular economy and contribution to sustainable development goals will be discussed. Other prominent examples will include multifunctional and multiuser facilities, such as Cargo sous terrain in Switzerland or an innovative energy carrier – the Infra tunnel – in Sweden. But we will also look at classical transport infrastructure serving multiple goals at the same time, i.e., providing mobility, public spaces and creating resilient future proof infrastructure. “The future lies out there and in large parts in the yet untapped potential of the underground space”, to quote from Cornaro’s and Admiraal’s book “Underground Spaces Unveiled – Planning and Creating the Cities of the Future” (ICE, 2018)

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