Strip The City
Wednesdays, on Science
Strip The City uses stunning CGI animation to strip major cities naked of their steel, buildings, roads, rivers, and bedrock – layer by layer – to explore the secret technology and infrastructure that keeps them running.
The entertainment capital of the world has been rocked by some of America's most devastating earthquakes. Despite that, downtown LA is packed with skyscrapers. Using CGI to strip it, layer by layer, we explore the infrastructure that keeps them standing.
San Francisco is standing on the brink of disaster - it sits on one of the world's most infamous earthquake hotspots – the San Andreas Fault. How do the city's buildings and infrastructure survive the onslaught of a destructive earthquake? This film looks beneath the city's skin to discover the engineering wonders and geological forces that make it possible. Stunning CGI animation peels back the glass of its skyscrapers and steel off its bridges to reveal their inner workings. The engineers and geologists who know this city the best reveal the secrets inside San Francisco's skyscrapers that keep them standing, protect them from raging fires and keep residents safe during the deadliest quakes. The film explores the geology that shaped the city's past and challenges its future, from the valleys that hold the city's fire-fighting water to the fault line that is overdue for a massive earthquake.