UK architecture student Rebecca Fode imagined what the Lower East Side would look like if mineral resources were discovered underneath the streets of Manhattan, sending the buildings relatively further into the sky as chunks of limestone and marble are mined out around the buildings.

It’s not an idea that Fode actually expects or wants to happen; it’s simply a thought and design experiment. Yet I’m enamored of the idea of buildings growing downward, creating progressively hewn stone foundations below sea level like a dwarven retail strip mall.