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  • Neo-Arc

    By:  | December - 15 - 2009

    1st Place
    2009 Skyscraper Competition

    Kyu Ho Chun, Kenta Fukunishi, JaeYoung Lee
    United States


    First Place

    First Place


    This project examines a possible solution to the multiple environmental problems we might have in the year 2050. If we continue with the same year to year increment in air pollutants it will no longer be safe to breathe in the outdoors without a filtering device. Neo Arc is the solution proposed by a group of architects, engineers, scientists, and developers that are studying how to integrate the latest green technologies in major residential and commercial developments. Read the rest of this entry »

    Living Bridge

    By:  | December - 15 - 2009

    2nd Place
    2009 Skyscraper Competition

    Nicola Marchi, Adelaide Marchi
    France


    Second Place

    Second Place


    Michel Etienne Turgot, Borough President of the City of Paris in 1734, commissioned to the drafter Louis Bretez the most beautiful and accurate representation of Paris in the ‘Ancien Régime’.

    Based on this representation, it is evident that most bridges in the City at that time are living quarters and perform as actual buildings, fully integrated into the bridge itself. The same typology is found in the historic ‘Ponte Vecchio’ in Florence, that survives unaltered to this date, with its direct relationship between ‘bridge architecture’ and the river. Read the rest of this entry »

    Vertical Farm

    By:  | December - 15 - 2009

    3rd Place
    2009 Skyscraper Competition

    Eric Vergne
    United States


    Third Place

    Third Place


    In the Hudson Yard area of Manhattan, this urban high rise farm introduces inherently political opposing elements; farmers (producers) and New Yorkers (consumers) through farms, workers housing, and market places. Through the mixing of politically opposing classes, social and cultural confrontations are generated within a high rise typology by introducing producers of biomass into the city, a place of historic biomass consumption. In so doing, the high rise is re-defined not by efficiency, but rather through the use of surfaces to orchestrate the dynamic programmatic interactions and the multiplicity of spatial organization they suppose. The essence of these social/political programmatic relationships is unclear. The spaces they create are lived not represented or conceived. One can only speculate on the range of lived relationships and oppositions that might form within and around this urban farm. Read the rest of this entry »

    Vertical Ecology Redux

    By:  | December - 15 - 2009

    Special Mention
    2009 Skyscraper Competition

    Sylvie Milosevic
    France


    Special Mention

    Special Mention


    The skyscraper has paradoxically enjoyed a renaissance since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, which brought world attention to the tragedy while raising multiple questions about its future. The boom in the Middle East has focused purely on new aesthetics and a lavish display of economic wealth. In contrast, Vertical Ecology Redux is a project that brings a new level of per formative organization into the design equation; it is fully integrated into the urban fabric and existing infrastructure. Read the rest of this entry »

    Bio-City

    By:  | December - 15 - 2009

    Special Mention
    2009 Skyscraper Competition

    Stefan Shaw, John Dent
    United Kingdom


    Special Mention

    Special Mention

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    A closed loop metabolic system
    A completely closed metabolic cycle in which traffic exhaust emissions are harnessed via CO2 collectors in order to feed algae grown in photo bio-reactors within the building’s facade. Algae and natural by-products produced during algae cultivation are then refined to produce renewable energy sources.

    Towering 1.2 km above Spaghetti Junction, Birmingham, the UK’s largest and most congested motorway intersection, the scheme portrays a radical concept in high rise, high density urban living. Benefitting from positive solar orientation, in order to maximize solar acceptance toward the dynamic photo bioreactors which are built into the facade, BIOCITY acts as a an environmental filter, harnessing harmful traffic exhaust emissions in order to feed and cultivate microscopic algae to produce renewable bio-fuels. These bio-fuels are used to produce renewable electricity to power the vertical city and to cultivate vehicular bio-diesel and liquid hydrogen for use in hydrogen fuel cells. Read the rest of this entry »

    Dallas Land-Scraper

    By:  | December - 15 - 2009

    Special Mention
    2009 Skyscraper Competition

    Brian Ahmes, Gregg Hicks, Chad Porter
    United States


    Special Mention

    Special Mention


    During the 1960’s the city of Dallas possessed a vibrant urban culture, stimulated by round-the-clock living, working, and playing. A few years later, an aggressive interstate construction and a new desire for the suburban dream, transformed the city into a commuter business hub that closes at five o’clock. Read the rest of this entry »

    Algorithmic Tower

    By:  | December - 15 - 2009

    Special Mention
    2009 Skyscraper Competition

    Junkai Jian, Jinqi Huang
    China


    Special Mention

    Special Mention


    The cities of the twenty-first century embody extreme qualities of communication and complexity of interaction. In response to the new urban demands the Algorithmic tower employs a code-based scripting methodology that configures higher orders of complexity required by a new kind of aggregation logic. It is coded with specific rules for growth and subdivision that articulate spatial organizations with a mathematical approach. Read the rest of this entry »

    Nature of Nature

    By:  | December - 15 - 2009

    Special Mention
    2009 Skyscraper Competition

    Luis Longhi, Christian Bottger, Carla Tamariz
    Peru


    Special Mention

    Special Mention


    Nature of Nature is a proposed skyscraper near Machu Picchu, Peru that will be used for different cultural activities and as temporal residence for visitors to the archeological site.

    The skyscrapers will be attached to the mountains by a series of anchors or ‘morphological extensions’ that collect and distribute energy from the jungle. It is designed as a structural mesh for programmatic cells of different sizes for public and private spaces. Its fa?ade is conceived as a flexible membrane that allows different micro-climates and collects water from the constant fog and energy from the sun. The grouping of various cell clusters will create residual spaces for cultural and recreational activities. Read the rest of this entry »

    Skyscape

    By:  | December - 15 - 2009

    Special Metion
    2009 Skyscraper Competition

    Wei Wei, Luping Yuan
    United States


    Special Mention

    Special Mention


    Skyscape is a possible solution to the most polluted cities around the world. It is a system of thousands of air cleaning cells that float above the urban areas as an orchestrated particle filter. Every ten days the cells regroup for maintenance in a landing base outside the cities creating beautiful skyscrapers.

    Its surface is made of high efficient filters that collect pollutants and constantly produce fresh-clean air. The cells are radio controlled with different patterns of organization depending on the environment. Read the rest of this entry »

    Niu Shu – Hong Kong Skyscraper

    By:  | December - 15 - 2009

    Special Mention
    2009 Skyscraper Competition

    Francis Wilmore, Courtney Brinegar, Jennifer Cramer
    United States

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    In the reality of a global consumerist society, William McDonough states that we need to, “honor commerce as the engine of change.”? As noticed in many economically driven developments, it seems that Hong Kong’s consumerist priorities are often played out by real estate monopolies that devour opportunities for design innovation to take place.? This can be observed in the city’s public housing market which consists of ubiquitous, shoebox-like forms that are only differentiated by their flashy marketing schemes. This project aspires to stand apart from Hong Kong’s existing built environment by fostering aliveness in the realms of environmental, cultural, and formal endeavors. The title of the project, Niu (new) Shu (shoe), is a play on the pronunciation of the denoted Mandarin words for “twisting” and “tree” that also carries a connoted English context of being a new shoe to fit Hong Kong’s current and future growth. The towers in the complex grow from the ground and translate the lost space of nature into an enhanced environment of consumerism.? By using sustainability as a visible marketing tool to differentiate the design, the residential high-rise becomes a living organism that prospers from a blurring of what is residential enrichment and what is commercial capital. Read the rest of this entry »