“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speculation towards a form of sustainable civic infrastructure,The Treescraper represents a novel future of these outdated bastions of speculative capital.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, therefor 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.
Status: School Project
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
My Role: Designer