Many contrasting utopian visions have been offered by an array of writers and designers since Thomas More first coined the term in the early 16th century. The Chthonopolisis one of the most recent. Conceived by Nic Clear–architect, curator, now Head of the Department of Architecture and 3D Design at the University of Huddersfield–it is an underground city of the future that mingles architecture with science fiction. After tracing itshistorical precedents, Clear outlines his project which,with its sentient matrix and immersive-gaming approach,embraces the need to think beyond current knowledge when envisioning what lies ahead.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCelebrating The Marvellous
Subtitle of host publicationSurrealism and Architecture
EditorsNeil Spiller
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781119254430, 9781119254348
ISBN (Print)9781119254416
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

Publication series

NameArchitectural Design

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  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    The Chthonopolis: Architecture as Science Fiction

    Nicholas Clear (Speaker)

    16 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Cite this

    Clear, N. (2018). Subterranean Speculations: The Chthonopolis. In N. Spiller (Ed.), Celebrating The Marvellous: Surrealism and Architecture (pp. 120-128). (Architectural Design). John Wiley and Sons Ltd.