Chthonopolis is a project for a subterranean post-singularity city, named ZeroSix, which is located on the Gold Mine peninsula in the Thames Estuary. The project attempts to invert the traditional hierarchical relationships of vertical space as well as imagine a utopian city based upon ludic principles.
ZeroSix is a city built in an artificial crater 1km wide at the top and 1km deep, it is home to around one million people and created for the purpose of allowing access to a labyrinthine network of underground spaces that form a vast computational system.
ZeroSix is a settlement predicated on the idea of using the city space as an augmented game space that is part of a mixed reality computational system where practising the space of the city is part puzzle and part extreme sport, and where completing complex spatial problems feeds into an information network and allows the inhabitant to expand their own sensorium.
Chthonopolis is a follow up to 2014’s 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.
Nic Clear is Head of the Department of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich and Professor for Research in Visionary Cities at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Hyun Jun Park is a PhD Candidate at AVATAR (Advanced Virtual And Technological Architecture Research) Laboratory at University of Greenwich. His PhD research is in film-architecture and digital theory.