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    Editors’ Choice
    2020 Skyscraper Competition

    Seonghwan Lee
    United States

    How much does it cost to send an International Space Station (ISS)?

    It costs $1 billion to send the ISS. It also costs $160 million to send a satellite into space. In addition, a space shuttle must be sent to supply the ISS each time to transport goods.

    But the space-elevator is likely to make a major contribution to the industry and can foster the development of future science. In one installation, the vehicle helps transport materials and personnel quickly and easily, moving back and forth through long tubes. Read the rest of this entry »

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    2020 Skyscraper Competition

    Jiahao Hu,?Yitong Li,?Xiangzhong Zheng
    China

    Around the world, increasingly frequent volcanic eruptions and their catastrophic damage have been a difficult problem for humankind for a long time. The volcanic eruption will have a huge impact on human production and life. Among all of the eruption products, the harm of volcanic ash can not be ignored mostly. Volcanic ash can stay in the air for several weeks, pollute the air for a long time and endanger human health. What’s more, it severely hindered aviation flight.

    At the same time, a large number of studies have shown that the products of volcanic eruption, especially volcanic ash, can be used in many industries. The temperature difference of the volcano and abundant geothermal energy can also be used for the energy supply of various production activities. Ashes become bricks and thermal energy becomes power. Most of the dust in the ash from the volcanic ash eruption is the same as the city’s main building material-——cement or volcanic ash——is a fire that has been used since Rome. Elves, humans have even learned to take advantage of this volcanic blessing from a long time ago: the majestic architecture of ancient Rome couldn’t rise from the ground without the contribution of concrete made of volcanic ash. Read the rest of this entry »

    Editors’ Choice
    2020 Skyscraper Competition

    Luca Melchiori,?Barbara Schickermueller
    Austria

    Offshore IN-FLUX is aiming to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of oil platforms in order to work against climate change and the resulting sea-level rise, but still takes into consideration the world’s oil reliance. Currently, already the production and extraction process of oil is releasing enormous amounts of co2 and methane since the energy which is driving the process itself derives from the combustion of fossil fuels. By replacing this with a renewable energy power plant that is directly connected to the oil rig the related emissions could be decreased drastically. How? The kinetic energy of tides and waves that are increasing because of the sea level rise is transformed into potential energy in order to produce electricity to run and maintain the platform. The interaction between the latest technological inventions and well-proofed engineering systems creates an architectural monument that includes the hope for a better future, but also acknowledges the dystopian world we are heading into. Read the rest of this entry »

    Olympic Megastructure

    By:  | September - 29 - 2020

    Editors’ Choice
    2020 Skyscraper Competition

    Michal Gryko
    United Kingdom

    BACKGROUND
    The Olympic events are not only known as the world’s principal sports competition but also as an opportunity as a host to showcase a nation’s legacy to the world.?? As the games are pushing further through to the 21st century all the enticing prestige associated with hosting such a mega-event has proved to be riddled with economic drains including spiraling costs and ghost facilities remaining in post-event times.? From Seven modestly-sized venues of the first modern Olympics in 1896 to the 34 used in the last 2016 Olympics, the scaling of events and associated infrastructure and facilities has exponentially risen.? Juxtaposing the renowned success of Barcelona’s rejuvenation in from the 1992 Olympics and the dilapidated state of the 2004 Olympic events the post-Olympic inhabitation should be a carefully integrated scheme and not a mere afterthought. What legacy does the hosting country wish to impart in the following decades?

    Currently, with preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics moving to the final stages, the proposal takes the opportunity to deliberate the future form of the Olympics and uses for these megastructures using Japan as a case study.? The brief takes a scenario with a twofold approach; first to the scale of the events and associated construction and second to the Olympic park’s second life. Read the rest of this entry »

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    2020 Skyscraper Competition

    Jai Won Lee,?Ryan Joongi Cho,?Younchan Hwang,?Woohyuk Choi
    South Korea

    Tree-tower carries a symbolism of preserving trees all over the world. By preserving all the varieties of the trees in one place, Tree-tower consists of over 50 thousand species which acts as the biggest air purifier in East Asia. Through a specialized modular system, each module not only transfers water and light, but it also has a splice which holds the building’s structure, presenting each tree’s environmental characteristics, allowing all trees to coexist at a shared location. The central part of the building has a park for the visitors when the basement of the building exhibits the seeds and saplings of trees all over the world, providing information on every tree in the world. However, because of the DMZ’s continuous management, the exit on the first floor doesn’t exist. Nonetheless, through the underground pathway, visitors can only view the interior of the building. Tree-tower is a symbol that shows the importance of conservation while preserving species diversity.

    Tree-Tower will be located in DMZ. DMZ is a demilitarized zone followed by the ceasefire agreement that was signed after the Korean War in 1953. The government prohibits any citizen near the DMZ’s nature reserve and is therefore marked as Asia’s greatest nature preservation zone. In addition, DMZ’s district encompasses natural monuments and endangered species, such as the Asiatic Black Bears, foxes, musks, deer, goats, and otters, with its developed river and wetland. Therefore, by placing the TreeTower at the DMZ, it preserves the ecosystem. Read the rest of this entry »

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    2020 Skyscraper Competition

    Yilei Nie, Xibeini Luo, Bo Gao, Huan Wang
    China

    BACKGROUND
    Beyond the landfills and trash heaps moldering in almost every town and city across the globe, manmade garbage has found its way into the natural landscape on a mind-boggling scale. It seems as though there are virtually no places left on Earth free of our rubbish. Junk can be found everywhere from the bellies of animals and the tissues of our own bodies to the world’s vast oceans. We are in a recycling system with other living things.? As Marine garbage producers, we are bringing disasters to other living things and gradually destroying our own lives.? What we throw away is gradually returning to us. It is urgent to improve the Marine environment and recycle Marine litter.

    CONCEPT
    The plastic trash floating in the ocean is not stationary. Instead, it keeps moving with ocean currents. If it is just point-to-point fishing, it will cost a lot of manpower and material resources. We conceived a building that could move continuously with ocean currents. It uses ocean currents to collect trash and turn it into other harmless materials as it travels. Read the rest of this entry »

    Editors’ Choice
    2020 Skyscraper Competition

    Yanru He
    China, United Kingdom

    Shanghai became the first city in China to recently enforce garbage classification. The program of this project includes waste treatment stations, publicity centers, vertical farms, and park facilities. The combination of various systems is to strengthen people’s awareness of garbage classification, solve the conflict between urbanization development and garbage disposal. This project mainly focuses on the Huangpu district of Shanghai to test the design system. Read the rest of this entry »

    Editors’ Choice
    2020 Skyscraper Competition

    Jakub Kapral,?Karolina Rusek,?Marek Gr?bczewski,?Kamil ??piński
    Poland

    Overview
    NYC Grid is a project of urban megastructure that was designed to solve four main, present and near future, problems of New York City. However, the core of the idea is an attempt to answer the problems which apply to many other megacities in the world. The grid contains four complex technological and mechanical systems that together form one large-scale urban-architectural structure assumption. The structure attempts to provide an answer to problems such as urban sprawl, environmental degradation, pollution/noise/traffic due to traditional road transport and future inundation of the NYC streets. We think that this kind of megastructure could make a positive impact on the social, economic and industrial development of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

    Supervision Tower

    By:  | September - 9 - 2020

    Editors’ Choice
    2020 Skyscraper Competition

    Maciej Worosilak,?Dominika Kubicka,?Alicja Prusińska,?Karolina Kowalczyk
    Poland,? United Kingdom

    Over the last thirty years, the occident has been constantly confronted with an increasing lack of trust in public authorities. Years of a vicious circle when the arrogance of the elites has to lead the masses to the state of indifference. Society appears to be divided, consumed by passivity and susceptible to manipulation; full of disapproval for political classes, yet not concerned enough to fully supervise the elected authorities. Ancient Romans recognized this problem long ago rising the pivotal question – who watches the watchmen themselves? Centuries passed but we still fail to give the definite answer. Polish kings who sat in the Chamber of Deputies of the Wawel Castle were constantly watched by the crowd of heads overseeing the proceedings from the famous coffered ceiling. The ingenious design of Panopticon forced the inmates held in custody to behave properly under the pressure of being watched constantly. We use these precedents trying to bridge the gap between two sides of the system and to send an invitation for more active participation. Read the rest of this entry »

    Editors’ Choice
    2020 Skyscraper Competition

    Milos Petrovic, Sara Stojkanovic
    Italy

    More than ever, the world is witnessing a high level of danger due to the constant increase in a number of natural disasters. Humanity is in demand of a fast-responding solution for evacuation and danger detection. Therefore, renewable energy and optimizing collaboration between program, technology, and architecture have come to the forefront of design approaches.

    Giving an example of Tokyo, the project focus on tsunamis whose rapid growth has been reported in this region in the past decade. Earthquakes, the usual cause of tsunamis, aren’t uncommon in Japan as it sits within what’s known as the Ring of Fire, a chain of tectonic plate boundaries that hugs the Pacific basin. It’s home to around 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes. A decade ago, one of the deadliest natural disasters in history?killed 227,898 people?– nearly 170,000 of them in these regions. The people from Japan face an uncertain future as the next tsunami is predicted in a few years with 100% death rate in the area it affects, going 16 kilometers into the land. Is this country ready for the next one? Can it be saved by water force itself? Read the rest of this entry »