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Skyscraper Design Competition Stimulates Future Thinking

As the world’s population approaches 7 billion, cities will become more congested with people and finding space to live will be a problem. To meet this challenge, eVolo has hosted a skyscraper design competition each year since 2006, in which individuals from all over the globe are invited to create their own building constructions that challenge the idea of architecture while considering the current and future lifestyles of individuals. Each design is encouraged to review multiple aspects of urban planning and take into account technology, environmental sustainability, globalization, and aesthetics. After submission, the designs are judged by people involved in building design and previous winners. Monetary prizes are offered for first, second, and third place winners.

For the 2017 competition, over 400 entries were submitted. Recently, three winners were selected and announced along with 22 honorable mentions.

Mashambas Skyscraper by Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski

First place was the Mashambas Skyscraper designed by Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski. The building is intended to be constructed in an impoverished region of Africa and to serve as an educational training facility for farming and agriculture. The skyscraper itself would be modular: pieces could be dissembled and transported to new locations to be built again, possibly expressing different styles in various places. The purpose of the separable pieces is to use as little space as possible in order to preserve land for farmers.

Vertical Factories in Megacities by Tianshu Liu and Lingshen Xie

Second place was awarded to Vertical Factories in Megacities by Tianshu Liu and Lingshen Xie. This futuristic look is designed for megacities with factories and it integrates factory buildings into the community. The skyscraper includes both working and residential areas, with each factory efficiently reusing the waste materials of the other. The artists’ inspiration stemmed from the city of Manila, located in Indonesia. In Manila, organic waste is produced daily, and the waste is recycled and converted to usable resources.

Espiral3500 by Javier López-Menchero Ortiz de Salazar

The third place design is by Javier López-Menchero Ortiz de Salazar for the Espiral3500. This skyscraper is intended for the east coast of Spain and includes tourist attractions while still conserving precious land space. It combines the concept of public and private spaces within one building. A “spiral system” is used to incorporate both areas.

The purpose of this competition is to inspire individuals to consider designing skyscrapers that could coexist in communities. It inspires people to create ideas that consider the consequences of future expansion and also express originality in design.

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Edited by: Ruby Halfacre and Karen Yung