Earlier this year, the History Channel encouraged architects to imagine a positive future for San Francisco but now they've jumped on the doomsday bandwagon, fanning the flames of fear with a web promotion for their series Mega Disasters what would happen if The Big One hit?, asks a narrator's ominous voice over dramatic renderings of Bay Area destruction:
The ground rumbles and starts to shake. It doesn't stop... The first things to be shattered are the vital links to the outside world... Downtown, glass panes fall from office buildings, slicing through cars and people...Almost 2/3 of San Francisco wooden buildings have soft-stories — vulnerable to collapse... It's a city that's built to burn.We wonder if City Hall helped finance this as part of the mayor's "plan" to retrofit soft-story buildings?
· Mega Disasters [The History Channel]
· San Francisco's Earthquake Plan: Run. Like Hell. [Curbed SF]
· Recap: "City of the Future" [Curbed SF]