Heatwave City: Chicago
Strip The City uses stunning CGI animation to strip the country’s most extreme heat wave city - Chicago - naked of its steel, concrete, ocean and rock – layer by layer – to explore the secret technology and infrastructure that keeps it running.
Chicago is a city of intense temperatures. This sprawling metropolis sits on a flat landscape carved out by ancient glaciers. But these plains also create deadly heat waves. As summer temperatures rocket to an unbearable 110 degrees, the buildings come close to meltdown.
How do the city’s skyscrapers survive this extreme environment? This film looks beneath the city’s skin to discover giant central cooling system, to it’s super modern fireboats. Stunning CGI animation strips the glass and concrete off the famous Willis building and peels back O’Hare airport’s runways …revealing their inner workings.
The city’s leading engineers and geologists reveal the secrets inside Chicago’s skyscaper that heatproof them, protect the city’s bridges and rail tracks from melting and keep residents alive in the searing heat.