CATEGORY I TALL BUILDINGS: 1st PLACE
VertiCali




TITLE

VertiCali


STUDENT   Mario Ramos
Texas Tech University


FACULTY SPONSOR   Peter Stapleton Raab
Texas Tech University

DESCRIPTION  

 Industrialized food production divorces the connection to fresh greens for the citizens of Los Angeles's urban core. Food scarcity means trouble for many who don'€™t know how to grow their food. Food growth experience belongs to individuals located in rural farms. Education in food growth promotes healthy and sustainable life styles that have positive effects on the local community. VertiCali is a beacon of edible light, exposing is green contents to promote local food growth, healthy life styles, and sustainable communities. It vegetates the urban core and connects Downtown L.A. and East L.A. by creating a central food hub in the Arts District. It expands its boundaries into the revitalized L.A. River alongside the 4th Street Bridge and over existing rail lines to provide pedestrian pathways of elevated landscape. Its program consists of a market, community gardens, education areas, and different levels showcasing innovative farming techniques. By building tall food production is increased four times the amount of traditional farming per square foot, saves up to 90% more water, and provides optimal solar exposure. Steel'€™s strength is employed to allow outward undulation in the tower form to maximize solar exposure. Solar exposure is maximized by outward undulation of the tower form and an open atrium of light and green. Steel's strength is employed to structurally assist the multiple segments of the tower. Trusses utilize a rigid frame system to isolate the lower structure from the surrounding ground while allowing an expressive and playful surface for the community gardens and elevated landscape over the rail lines that require a minimum clearance. VertiCali's presence and physical connection to the street and riverfront provides the community with green education beyond its boundaries, therefore promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyles and reconnecting people to fresh greens.