suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
sara SHAKIB: The Treescraper is a more sustainable version of the skyscraper, evolving the typology from an out-dated form of real estate
speculation towards a form of sustainable civic infrastructure, The Treescraper represents a novel future of these outdated bastions of speculative capital. The human population will increase to 9 billion by the year 2050, which suggests that increased density will be needed to produce food, however, at present 80% of the suitable lands for harvests are being used, therefore the idea of farming vertically seems like an good way to go about this problem. However, these skyscrapers need to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint by exploiting the emergent advances in green technology.
Treescraper is a vertical farm as well as a recycling center. The entire building works as a self-sustaining machine, the numerous “farm-to-table” restaurants produce waste for the recycling center; the recycling center produces energy for the hydroponics and green houses, and the hydroponics and greenhouses in turn produce ingredients for the culinary school and the restaurants.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
sS: The outdated, unpleasant skyscrapers of Los Angeles.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
sS: Rem Koolhaas Delirious New York, Hans Ibelings Supermodernism, listening to Buddha Bar
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
sS: Rem Koolhaas, Vincent Callebaut, Thom Mayne, Shirin Neshat
additional credits: Woodbury University Degree Project. Co-Instructors: Jennifer Bonner and John Southern.