Evolo Skyscraper - Quake Canopy
Independent Competition | Winter 2013
Collaborators: Aleksis Bertoni, Glen Marquardt
Location: San Francisco

Result: Project published in EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS 3

According to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey, California has a 99.7 percent chance of experiencing a 7.0 magnitude or larger earthquake in the next 25 years. In dangerous proximity to the volatile Hayward and San Andreas faults, San Francisco inarguably has the highest risk for devastating amounts of infrastructural damage in the case of a large earthquake. To preemptively anticipate and remedy the damage, a network of self-sufficient superstructures will be constructed on and around the San Francisco peninsula. Pre-quake, they will function as energy generators (solar, wind, geothermal) and address the ever-increasing demand for real estate and housing; providing maximum amounts of building potential with minimal footprints.

The superstructural layered exoskeleton, core, deep piles, and excess lateral bracing ensure the structures will remain standing when the ‘big one’ does hit San Francisco. The upper layer of the network is connected, allowing for structural codependence and support between the structures. At the time of the quake, piezoelectric (motion generated electricity) cables harvest the maximum amount of usable energy to immediately power rescue, relief and reconstruction efforts. To allow for increased habitation of the Canopy as recovery continues, a tertiary tensile system of cables and post-tensioned slabs can support a number of construction methods, allowing for as-needed development of housing, farming, and other infrastructural necessities, effectively serving as the framing for a new city.