Radical Skyscrapers, by eVolo

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Release Date: April 2014
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The annual eVolo Skyscraper competition asks designers from around the world to imagine new ways in which tall buildings can benefit society and recognizes “outstanding ideas for vertical living through the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations.” Winners of the 2014 competition, announced on March 20, include a self-propagating tower that captures smog and compresses it into building material, a vertical suburban neighborhood, a “hyper speed vertical train hub,” a biodome-esque “climatology tower” protected from the surrounding city by a thin skin and vertical factories that make efficient use of urban space.

First prize went to Yong Ju Lee of the U.S. for “Vernacular Versatility,” a modern adaptation of traditional Korean design and construction techniques for complex high-rise structures. Mark Talbot and Daniel Markiewicz, also of the U.S., won second place for “Car and Shell Skyscraper: Or Marinetti’s Monster,” a vertical suburban neighborhood proposed for Detroit. Third place went to YuHao Liu and Rui Wu of Canada for “Propagate Skyscraper,” the self-propagating tower. Honorable mentions were awarded to entries from China, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.