eVolo Skyscraper Competition 2012: Tower Design Contest

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eVolo Competition 2012 : Skyscraper Design Contest

Skyscraper Architecture Contest, New York City, USA

3 Mar 2012

eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition Winners

WINNERS OF THE 2012 SKYSCRAPER COMPETITION ORGANIZED BY EVOLO MAGAZINE IN NEW YORK CITY

eVolo Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. This is also an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. The award seeks to discover young talent, whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

The Jury of the 2012 edition was formed by leaders of the architecture and design fields including: Maria Aiolova [principal Terreform One], Chris Bosse [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture], Gaël Brulé [principal Atelier CMJN, winner 2011 Skyscraper Competition], Julien Combes [principal Atelier CMJN, winner 2011 Skyscraper Competition], Marc Fornes [principal THEVERYMANY], Florian Idenburg [principal SO-IL Solid Objectives – Indenburg Liu], Minnie Jan [principal MisoSoupDesign], Mitchell Joachim [principal Terreform One, professor at New York University], Jing Liu [principal SO-IL Solid Objectives – Indenburg Liu], Daisuke Nagatomo [principal MisoSoupDesign], Alexander Rieck [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture], Michel Rojkind [principal Rojkind Arquitectos], Michael Szivos [principal Softlab, professor at Pratt Institute], Tobias Wallisser [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture], and Ma Yansong [principal MAD Architects]. The Jury selected 3 winners and 22 honorable mentions. eVolo Magazine received 714 projects from all five continents and 95 different countries.

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The first place was awarded to Zhi Zheng, Hongchuan Zhao and Dongbai Song from China for their project “Himalaya Water Tower“. The proposal is a skyscraper located high in the Himalayan mountain range that stores water and helps regulate its dispersal to the land below as the mountains’ natural supplies dry up. The skyscraper, which can be replicated en masse, will collect water in the rainy season, purify it, freeze it into ice and store it for future use.

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The second place was awarded to Yiting Shen, Nanjue Wang, Ji Xia, and Zihan Wang from China for their project “Mountain Band-Aid”, a design that seeks to simultaneously return the displaced Hmong mountain people to their homes and work as it restores the ecology of the Yunnan mountain range.

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The recipient of the third place is Lin Yu-Ta from the Taiwan for a “Vertical Landfill” to be located in the largest cities around the globe, both as a reminder of the outrageous amount of garbage that we produce and as a power plant that harvests energy from waste decomposition.

Among the honorable mentions there are underwater projects for ocean research, mobile skyscrapers, floating cities, and temporal buildings that attach to existing structures. These proposals offer us an exciting view of the world to come.

eVolo Magazine would like to acknowledge all the competitors for their effort, vision, and passion for architectural innovation and the members of the Jury for their knowledge, time, and enthusiasm during the long review process.

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eVolo Skyscraper Competition 2012 entry – ‘Z Axis Village’
Dr. Peter Magyar, RIBA, CAHA Professor of Architecture and Urban Design
William Yankey, Visiting Assistent Professor
both in the College of Architecture, Planning + Design, Kansas State University
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Z Axis Village

The external diameter of the towers is 40 meters, gradually shrinking to 33 (1 meter per layers).Inside, the 20 meter diameter circulation cores with scheduled, vertically moving “street cars” distribute the 3000 to 4000 inhabitants between workplaces ( lower 20 levels), homes ( next 80 to 100 levels ), hotels and/or boardinghouses at the upper 20 plus floors. These floors surround the core, and at certain heights their cylindrical shell-structure “branches ” off, to bridge the Z towers, and to provide large horizontal areas for the necessary public facilities. These latter will include shops, restaurants, cultural institutions, schools, and as needed, light-industrial and agricultural facilities. On the top levels of these connector branches, parks, sport and recreational areas can be settled.

The lower portion, where these branches are dense, is aptly called, and functions, as Downtown. The upper – less frequent -branches are fulfilling the role of corner stores. At the top of each towers, the shell structures open, and act as rainwater collectors. With geothermal heating and other alternative energy sources, these concentrated human enclaves could function, as fully self-sustained societal units, or more of them could be interconnected, to form an expandable metropolitan area, using or abusing a fraction of land, traditionally occupied for any of these settlement forms!

eVolo Skyscraper Competition 2012 entry – ‘Controlled Collapsing’
Alexandre Guilbeault, M.Arch (Université de Montréal)
David Giraldeau, M.Arch (University of Calgary)
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Controlled Collapsing

A walk through a business district on a Saturday afternoon is a singular experience. Being surrounded by empty buildings and deserted plazas, a newspaper blowing in the wind, seems like an unfriendly urban condition. This silent scene brings a new look to this built environment and questions its raison d’être at that moment in time. It highlights an unbalanced equation between occupation and urban footprint. These giant monoliths not only create gaps into the built fabric, but their cast shadows also plunge areas into darkness, their over-size silhouettes hide landscapes and their mechanical systems keep draining the city’s energy.

Interested in optimizing occupation, “Controlled collapsing” is a strategy consisting in an addition of on/off levels whose polarity matches human presence. The compressible quality of the space between the floor slabs is made possible through a system allowing free movement on a vertical axis, all the units being independent, but reacting in a synchronized manner to each other. Taking advantage of the motion, the modular components also have the ability to be organized as a whole, in order to be more responsive to the programmatic inclinations and the surrounding environment. This large set of conditions, called urban fluctuations, provides the data on which are based various configurations. Therefore, tight to loose patterns can punctuate the skyline in different ways, sometimes dealing with contextual sunlight, improving energy efficiency or even freeing up views and ground connections.

To some extent, those continuous, progressive and fluid reorganizations become means of communication, setting up a clear dialog between the tower and the city. As graphical charts, its modulations embody varying statistics which can be interpreted to understand the ongoing solicitations. In this regard, the edifice is a cyclic expression of daily routines. It categorizes behaviours, uses and functions, revealing a part of the city’s pulse.

eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition

15 Nov 2011 early registration closing date
17 Jan 2012 late registration closing date
24 Jan 2012 submission deadline

Architects, students, engineers + designers invited to participate in this architecture competition

eVolo Skyscraper Competition

eVolo is pleased to invite students, architects, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.

The competition is also an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. It is also a response to the exploration and adaptation of new habitats and territories based on a dynamic equilibrium between man and nature – a new kind of responsive and adaptive design capable of intelligent growth through the self-regulation of its own systems.

There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without constraints in the most creative way. What is a skyscraper in the 21st century? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of these mega-structures?

eVolo Magazine is committed to continue stimulating the imagination of designers around the world – thinkers that initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify what we understand as a contemporary skyscraper, its impact on urban planning and on the improvement of our way of life.

eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition Awards

• 1st place – US $5000
• 2nd place – US $2000
• 3rd place – US $1000

Winners and special mentions will be published in several print magazines including eVolo_06.

eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition Jury

– Maria Ailova [principal Terreform One]
– Chris Bosse [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
– Gaël Brulé [principal Atelier CMJN, winner 2011 Skyscraper Competition]
– Julien Combes [principal Atelier CMJN, winner 2011 Skyscraper Competition]
– Marc Fornes [principal THEVERYMANY]
– Florian Idenburg [principal SO-IL Solid Objectives – Indenburg Liu]
– Minnie Jan [principal MisoSoupDesign]
– Mitchell Joachim [principal Terreform One, professor at New York University]
– Jing Liu [principal SO-IL Solid Objectives – Indenburg Liu]
– Daisuke Nagatomo [principal MisoSoupDesign]
– Alexander Rieck [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Michel Rojkind [principal Rojkind Arquitectos]
– Michael Szivos [principal Softlab, professor at Pratt Institute]
– Tobias Wallisser [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
– Ma Yansong [principal MAD Architects]

To register for the eVolo Skyscraper Competition 2012 please go to http://www.evolo.us/architecture/registration-evolo-2012-skyscraper-competition/


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1st place design
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