venerdì 13 aprile 2012

LIFE SAVING // THIRD PRIZE - The RESCUE NETWORK - MHD, France





The rescue network


The rescue network is a global way of thinking the reconstruction of cities or the adaptation of the spared ones. Because of the speed of the phenomenon and the lack of anticipation, rescue means proximity to the inhabitant. With this kind of wide territory disaster resilience is a strength of the system. The rescue network integrates these three key features.

“I ran away after I heard a tsunami was coming,” told Jiji Press. “But I turned back to fetch something from home and was swept away. I was rescued while hanging on to the roof of my house.”

Network city is based on distributed tall shelter that can only exist as part of the full master plan of the city. This new kind of urban vegetation settles on common urban objects: house, shops or street lights. The mesh of the grid is about 200 meters wide.

The rescue network brings a new visual identity to the coast cities, warning the people about the tsunami danger in the area.

Pictures are a sad proof of the devastating power of tsunami. But in these pictures lies the solution to protect the city of tomorrow. Where any human artifact seems to be able to resist to the wave, natural constructions often look much more resilient. Rescue network dives into trees roots to settle it solution.

Inspired by the trees roots, the basement of the pylon is wide rhizome made of steel. These roots divide the force of the wave and avoid the tree to be toppled.

Rhizomes connected together form a resilient network for energy, water and communication in the city.

Communication empowers the efficiency of the rescue organization. Fresh water is the fuel for life to settle again. Energy gives the first spark of hope after the darkness of disaster.


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