Seismic Harvest is a proposed energy-efficient green belt above a freeway near San Francisco that combines wind, solar energy and train vibration to generate enough energy required for farming. It features botanical and fruit and vegetable gardens, along with vibrant spaces for recreation and cultural events. Designed by architecture studio D.IS.H, the project received a Special Recognition Award at the 280 Freeway Competition, which aims to redesign the Highway 280 north of 16th Street.
Through its community garden, commercial organic farm, and waterfront development, D.IS.H’s Seismic Harvest integrates earthquake simulators re-imagined as harvesting systems. It reinvents the enormous elevated Interstate 280 as a significant gathering space and community garden. Seismic machines underneath a network of vines and gardens are meant to shake off the branches and speed up the harvesting process. The local produce gathered after each harvest would then be sold at the farmer’s market.
Besides farming, the redeveloped strip would feature cafes, pools, film screening venues and meeting places, as well as spaces for recreation and a ballpark. It is meant to be a structure that can not only withstand earthquakes, but also use them.