Date of release: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Nic ClearA futuristic underground city in the Thames estuary is the subject of a new exhibition by a University of Greenwich architecture expert.

The show, Chthonopolis is on now at The Factory, a gallery and collaborative workspace in Elephant & Castle.

ZeroSix, a city built in an artificial crater 1km wide at the top and 1km deep, is the subject of the show by Nic Clear, Head of the university's Department of Architecture & Landscape.

In the exhibition, ZeroSix is home to around a million people and has been created for the purpose of allowing access to a labyrinthine network of underground spaces that form a vast computational system.

Nic explains: "ZeroSix is a settlement predicated on the idea of using the city space as an augmented game space. It is part of a mixed reality computational system where practising the space of the city is part puzzle and part extreme sport. Here the completing complex spatial problems feed into an information network and allows the inhabitant to expand their own sensorium.

"The idea is to encourage people to 'remember utopia' by inverting the traditional hierarchical relationships of vertical space. The project's labyrinth spaces are huge "memory palaces" with cognition and perception at the heart of the design." 

Chthonopolis is part of the London Festival of Architecture and runs until Friday 23 June. 

It is a follow up to 2014s Gold Mine Project, which was exhibited at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention and was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show in 2015.

Tickets are available from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chthonopolis-nic-clear-tickets-34065221996

For more on studying Architecture and Landscape, part of the university's Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities: http://www.gre.ac.uk/ach

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