Education: Underground School

In the growing oil-and-beef city of Artesia, N. Mex., where the temperature sometimes hits 100° in October, citizens have long become used to windowless schools. It helps air conditioning, and the children approve. But last week Artesia* announced an even more singular design. Except for the flagpole, Abo Elementary school will be entirely underground—apparently the first such nuclear-age school in the U.S. Says Architect Frank Standhardt: "I consider my profession derelict on civil defense. We've had ten years of grace and done nothing about it."

Asked to estimate the price of an underground school, Standhardt found it would cost only about 10%...

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