Superstorm City: New York
Strip The City uses stunning CGI animation to strip the superstorm city of New York - naked of its steel, stone, concrete and glass – layer by layer – to explore the secret technology and infrastructure that keeps it running.
New York sits on one the world’s largest natural harbours, but this asset is also its greatest danger. It makes the city vulnerable to deadly superstorms rolling in from the Atlantic. Rising sea levels make this an even more deadly problem, threatening the city’s subway and steam network.
So how does New York fight back and survive these deadly forces? This film looks beneath the city’s skin to discover the secret engineering wonders and geological forces that make it possible. Stunning CGI animation peels back the stone off the Grand Central Station and the steel off the Verrazano Bridge to reveal their inner workings.
Leading engineers and geologists reveal how the new One World Trade Centre will remain standing whatever the weather, as its deeply rooted into super strong bedrock. Also we’ll see how they’re also designing ingenious techniques to stop the next superstorm flooding the busy subway stations using giant inflatable plugs.
This film explores the geology that shaped the city’s past and challenges its future, from the schist bedrock it sits on, to its harbour that could one day lead to disaster.