National Underground America Day

National Underground America Day is observed next on Sunday, May 14th, 2023 (43 days from today).

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National Underground America Day is celebrated every year on the 14th of May, as a means to cherish underground living.

National Underground America Day on May 14th revolves around cherishing the concept of subterranean and thriving societies. That's right, we don't just have to live on land - there's more going on underground than you can imagine. Here's everything you need to know about celebrating National Underground America Day in the heart of America.

History of National Underground America Day

Although the concept of living underground has existed in the past, the topic gained national attention after Malcolm Wells established National America's Underground Day in 1974. Wells was an innovation. Architects, writers, lecturers and thought leaders who have worked in the architecture and design industries for many years. After a while, he realized that the Earth would only flourish when it got rid of industrial plants. Since then, he has been on a mission to spread awareness about underground life and its myriad benefits. In fact, he was interested in creating an underground abode for himself, as well as his own shelter-in-the-earth office space.

Malcolm Wells, who is also recognized as the "father of modern earthen architecture" today, espoused living underground until the day he died. However, even after his death, his legacy lives on, and National Underground America Day is celebrated every year to honor the thousands of people living underground in many parts of North America. Yes, believe it or not, many people prefer to live underground than at the top. This is because it has so many advantages for human life as well as the health of the planet. According to Wells, building a house below the surface of the earth is "gentle architecture" - as it has no negative impact on the landscape.

National Underground America Day is celebrated to celebrate the underground way of life, its architecture, and the myriad benefits underground life offers to the Earth. Although thousands of people around the globe are living underground, will this trend become more common in the near future?

Why National Underground America Day?

Our Earth is the only planet having life on it. Living underground or living underground has its benefits and architecture can keep life evolving as we know it. The interesting thing is that there are thousands of people living underground around the world but not much importance is placed on top. National Underground America Day is a celebration to celebrate the life and development of life underground. This day is a tribute to our roots and how we need to be connected to life on our planet. This day is to celebrate modern architecture that is sheltered but still offers you the best aspects of underground life.

Interesting facts about National Underground America Day

In fact, living underground is not a new concept to us. Early humans lived in caves before they started building their shelters. Live underground or in sheltered space make our planet more sustainable to live for many years.

  • Evidence suggests that European hunters built a hut dug in the ground, dating back to 15000 BC.
  • Underground City named Derinkuyu that was built in Turkey

In the 1950s, the British government undertook a project to build the Burlington Bunker, an underground safe space.

  • The first underground house, in modern times, was built in 1975 in England and it was called "Underhill"
  • Underground houses are also known as land houses or land houses and sometimes land houses.
  • Building a house underground can cost almost 20% to 30% more than building above ground.
  • Even today, more than 21.5 million people in China are living in underground shelters.
  • South Korea owns a house with a meditation area that is built underground.

It is proven that we, humans, can sleep for up to 48 hours underground without the presence of natural light.

  • With underground dwellings, you don't have to worry about keeping them soundproof.
  • Living underground helps you prevent from many natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, etc.
  • By living underground, you are also protecting the terrestrial natural landscape, prolonging the life of our planet.
  • Studies show that energy savings will be higher when you live underground. Since it's neither too hot nor too cold underground, you can save a lot of energy by living there.

How to celebrate National Underground America Day

  • There is no better way to celebrate this day than by visiting an underground house and experiencing life there. Of course there are many videos and photos of underground house life but watching it is completely different from actually living in it. Sign up for an adventure today to live underground and experience life there.
  • You can raise children's awareness of underground life by organizing competitions. You can ask them to draw their perception of underground life and turn it into a contest to generate excitement. You can also teach your kids how to live underground using online videos and photos.
  • Make this a day to know more about the advantages, costs, disadvantages of living underground and how it can work in your favor. As you learn more about the process, you can decide to switch if required.

Share your opinions and raise awareness about National Underground America Day through your social media by using the hashtag #NationalUndergroundAmericaDay.


National Underground America Day has been observed annually on May 14th.


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