Editor’s Choice 
2018 Skyscraper Competition

Maryam Fazel, Sukaina Adnan Almousa, Maryam Safari
Iran, United Kingdom, United States

Following the tragic earthquake of 2017 in west part of the Iranian terrain, people of the affected area have witnessed a devastating feeling; fleeing their homes or trapped under buildings. This tragedy and similar ones in the world are all due to many reasons that together weaken the supporting system offered to people in earthquake regions. One of the main causes of such disaster is the lack of alarming systems that can detect the approach of earthquakes. A post-disaster situation of kiosk and devastation is caused also by lack of efficient evacuation structure that can help people run for a shelter in a short time.

Addressing these problems, this project is a proposal of a skyscraper that responds to earthquake before it happens. In this premise, the structure works on two levels; one is the monitoring system, which constitutes of a biotechnological facade containing microfluidics channels continuously culturing genetically engineered harmless bacteria that is engineered to acts a biosensor system. The other level is the core of the building and the evacuation system. The skyscraper is built on a shock absorbent structure that will increase safety factor once in an earthquake emergency. It is -on the other hand- supported by pods that are set on platform scattered along multiple levels. These pods work as assembly points that can then fly people to the nearest safe zone. Users of the building can access the platforms easily. Read the rest of this entry »

Earth Parasol

By:  | October - 9 - 2018

Editors’ Choice
2018 Skyscraper Competition

Haotong Sun, Zonghao Wu, Fengwei Jia

The melting of arctic ice
A reduction in Arctic summer ice cover has become more intense in recent years, culminating in a record low of 3.4 million square kilometres in 2012 – 18 per cent below the previous recorded minimum in 2007 and 50 per cent below the average in the 1980s and 1990s. Land ice is also retreating and permafrost is melting.

The retreating ice brings easier access to natural resources such as gas and oil, thus prompting increased human activity that may threaten the already fragile ecosystems and wildlife, the UN Environment Programme’s report says.

The reason of melting
1.The reasons for the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe are manifold. More heat is brought into the Arctic through the atmosphere and ocean currents, while the melting itself prompts further melting by reduced reflection of incoming sunlight.

2.White ice and snow acts as a mirror, reflecting 85 per cent of solar radiation; however, ice-free areas of the ocean reflect only 10 per cent and the bare tundra only 20 per cent.

3.Black carbon (soot), a short-lived climate pollutant, is also believed to contribute to warming by darkening snow and ice and reducing reflective area. UNEP and partners last year launched the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to address black carbon and other such short-lived climate pollutants.

4.The thawing of permafrost will also contribute to further warming as the organic matter stored therein – up to 1,700 gigatonnes of carbon across the northern hemisphere – also thaws and decomposes, releasing the trapped carbon as CO2 and methane. Read the rest of this entry »

Helix Skyscraper For Refugees

By:  | October - 8 - 2018

Editors’ Choice
2018 Skyscraper Competition

Luis Daniel Pozo Torres

Project statement
… a year ago my family , mama , pa , my  oldest brother , my youngest sister and me  left our home and  our country, back then there were so many problems, pa says because politics, I still don’t understand  I only remember that we had to grab the most important things and get out of the city very fast.

We spent many days in many countries looking for a place to stay, then one day pa told us we where invited to go to the Helix, that sounded very strange and also exiting,  so we went there, when i first saw it I thought it was a big escalator to the sky, is was like an invitation to climb and leave the ground.

When we arrived we where welcomed with a meal and hot Chocolate, we spend many hours talking with many Doctors, then pa got a key and we went up with the elevator, that ride was fun because it was like been inside and sometimes outside with green gardens everywhere.  I still enjoy this ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Cog-Polis For Liquid Modernity

By:  | October - 3 - 2018

Editors’ Choice
2018 Skyscraper Competition

He Jianqiao

Socialist Zygmunt Bauman introduced the idea of liquid modernity; he described its characteristics as “increasing feelings of uncertainty and the privatization of ambivalence”. It is a kind of chaotic continuation of modernity, where a person can shift from one social position to another in a fluid manner. Nomadism becomes a general trait of the ‘liquid modern’ man as he flows through his own life like a tourist, changing places, jobs, spouses, values and sometimes more—such as political or sexual orientation—excluding himself from traditional networks of support, while also freeing himself from the restrictions or requirements those networks impose. Read the rest of this entry »

Mecca Mina Mouton

By:  | October - 2 - 2018

Editors’ Choice
2018 Skyscraper Competition

Lucas Stein, Théophile Péju, Pierre-Loup Pivoin, Raphael Saillard, Bernard, Touzet
France, United Kingdom

CONTEXT.  A logistic management of spirituality
Mina Valley is a spiritual site of the Muslim religion, located in Mecca surrounded by dry and hostile lands of Saudi Arabia. The site is a key point during the journey between Mount Arafat and Stoning of the Devil. Pilgrims reproduce the original Abraham’s gesture by temporary living during few days in tents on mattresses lay on the ground. Currently, Mina could be described as a tide of about 100 000 tents spread on 9 km², made of fabric steel and concrete. An enslavement of the natural landscape only benefiting to the logistic management of one of the largest human gathering ever organized. A pilgrimage attendance which undoubtedly will increase in following years, thanks to the aerial transport development. Saudi Arabia has officially announced 3 millions of pilgrims in 2012. However, this type of temporary housing can’t be considered as sustainable, tents are occupied only 3 days a year. Which make the Mina Valley a ghost site for the resting 362 days. Moreover, from penurious African regions, more than 1 million sheeps are shipped in order to be slain for the Aïd ceremony. A short-term solution meaningful of the Saudi Arabian management of the event.  Read the rest of this entry »

Editors’s Choice
2018 Skyscraper Competition

Christopher Pin, Timothy Lai

“Though technological processes are intrinsic when discussing a strategy for urban water sustainability, it will play a minor factor in the overall design.  Lotus seeks to strengthen public awareness of the fragility of Urban Fresh Water.”

Rising global population, mass fringe migration to urban cores, and rising tides are just a few reasons that heavily indicate a heightened concern surrounding Urban Water Security for the future megacities.  Water pollution and supply deficit are issues that will require a solution that is both sustainable and iterative.  As cities continue to trend towards Megacities, strategies to mitigate fresh water scarcity will be at the forefront of the urban dialogue.  While focus on current technology is important, developing new means of dealing with water depletion is crucial for urban health.

China: A Nation Prone to Fresh Water Crisis
Currently, due to increasing urbanization, the municipal water demand in cities of China are projected to grow 70% in 2030 (Wang et al., 2017).  Though China’s need for renewable freshwater continues to escalate, availability is barely one-third of the world’s average.  Shanghai falls amongst China’s 36 worst cities regarding water quality (Zhen et al., 2017), and between 2010-2012 it was reported by the cities water census that 3% of local surface water was clean for fish farms or household use.  Shanghai exemplifies the battle China is fighting from one mega city to the next, and can be utilized as a case study for the proposed socio-political strategy surrounding water sustainability.

Lotus intends to provide a unique dialogue surrounding water sustainability, approaching urban fresh-water as a communal urban focus.  Lotus is an architectural monument that cultivates onus and stewardship regarding the cities freshwater, while emphasizing water experientially to increase quality of life in the urban core.  Though technological processes are intrinsic when discussing a strategy for urban water sustainability, it will play a minor factor in the overall design.  Lotus seeks to strengthen public awareness of the fragility of Urban Fresh Water. Read the rest of this entry »

River Scale Skyscraper

By:  | August - 24 - 2018

Editors’ Choice
2018 Skyscraper Competition

Lee Change, Jung Minha, Rhyoo Jeheon
South Korea

Han River & Having home in Seoul
Han-River itself is a symbolic boundary which carries practical impacts in Seoul. The cognitive discrepancy between the north (Gang-Buk) and the south side (Gang-Nam) of it creates severe imbalance of both economy and education furthermore cultural discrimination. Crossing the river now seems physically easier while this emblematic feature is still working as a powerful frontier in Seoul due to a recent failure of housing policy in Gang-Nam. There is an interesting common consciousness; the nearer habitation of the river brings better life quality. The price of houses in Gang-Nam with river-premium is twice higher than rest of the city or the suburb, Gyeonggi-Do, which means there is an inherent thought that Han-River is a privilege that only minority of people can possess. This phenomenon deteriorates since the ‘Han-River Renaissance Project’ in 2006. In 5 years, the government invests nearly six hundred million dollars to construct waterborne traffic system and build facilities such as Waterside parks or cultural centers. The project, however, encourages commercialization of the river and eventually brings worst irregularity of habitation in Seoul.

The Renaissance movement after the Middle Age also declined sharply with the economic deterioration. It is why “RIVER SCALE“ proposes a mega-structure that combines programs abandoned from residential and urban areas. To lead everyone seizes good housings furthermore decide their ways of living sounds like a contradiction without providing any new economic activities. “RIVER SCALE” is proposing new urban with self – sufficiency which is an ideal but realistic place where helps residents from making to realizing their decisions of life. Read the rest of this entry »

Revival Tower

By:  | August - 23 - 2018

Editors’ Choice
2018 Skyscraper Competition

Tomasz Wagner, Marta Jagoda, Agnieszka Dominik

Safe and proper utilization of wastes, which contains dangerous components, is  a challange for many industrialized countires. Developed countires produce more and more rubbish and instead of dealing with difficulties concerning proper disposal of wastes they export it to the countires of Third World, where processing of used electronics is the least expensive. Transfering wastes to the countries of Third World is forbidden by international law.

Ghana is one of the countries in which are stored e-wastes from all over the world. The most affected region is Agbogbloshie. Agbogbloshie is slums located in center of Ghana. It is one of the most contaminated place in the world. It’s the enourmous e-waste dump.Thousands of workers burn wastes and remove useful elements from electronics. Black, thick smoke rises up over the rubbish dump, which poison people and enviroment. In this area the most poor people spend all days. They hazard their health and life working in resource valueable materials from e-wastes. Most of e-wastes, which are transfer to Agbogbloshie, at first land in Durban city in RPA, Bizerte city in Tunesia and Lagos city  in  Nigeria. Delivers contain dangerous materials avoid Bazylea and Bamako convention.

After getting to Ghana delivers gets to illegal plant in Akra where used electronic devices are stored on dumps such as Agbogbloshie. E-wastes, which are renewed or recycled, are delivered to agent who transfer junk and scrap metals to international recycling companies in Europe, China and India. Not valuebale and not resourced components of e–wastes are burned. In result of inappropriate recycle the toxic pollution and heavy metals are reached to enviroment. Wastes which are left on fields and near to water tanks are eaten by land and water animals what has an influance on  enviroment degradation. Authorities of Ghana multiple times proposed destroying of Agbogbloshie, but this solution doesn’t solve the problem only transfer to other place. Read the rest of this entry »

Utopian City

By:  | August - 22 - 2018

Editors’ Choice
2018 Skyscraper Competition

Chi-Jen Wang
United Kingdom

The Reciprocal Utopia City project is a renewable energy city in the sky.  It forms a cloud-like structure rising into the sky to 1,100 meters high and parallel to New York City.

The focus of this project is consists of two parts. How architecture can serve as a mechanism to facilitate escapism, in the context of the domination of capitalism, taking it as a strategic site to study. Meanwhile, it explores the new way of imaging renewable energy system by using potential technology.

The Situationist International once described a dream society: New Babylon. The Nomadic city develops the idea of a “traveling metropolis”, a package that infiltrates temporarily into a community. The mobility of architecture.  “It is obvious that a person is free to use his time for the whole of his life, free to go where he wants, when he wants, cannot make the greatest use of his freedom in a world ruled by the clock and the imperative of a fixed abode.”

A society without work.
A place without a clock.
A dream that allows you to be truly free. Read the rest of this entry »

Mars Colony

By:  | August - 17 - 2018

Editors’ Choice
2018 Skyscraper Competition

Bowen Li

In this era, population explosion, terrorism, energy crisis, environmental pollution and nuclear weapon like a huge cloud head over us. Faced with these threat, we are exerting our effort to ease conflicts while we still need expand our living space. Fortunately, the great progress of technology in various fields is bringing about new possibilities. People had left footprint on the moon fifty years ago. Now, landing on the Mars is appealing such as Elon Musk’s Space X plan, if so, this will be a big step for human.

Apart from space technology, before we land on the mars, we need figure out a series of ways to support human living on such extreme environment including getting water, producing oxygen, acquiring energy and so on. Some scientific evidence have revealed subsurface water ice exist in some impact crater on Mars. In this light, the project try to discuss a way to build a big space in a typical impact crater selected by scientists in which hold enough subsurface ice water even flow water to support the Mars Base. Besides, the crater rim uplifted structurally by impact could be reinforced as the boundary of community, which protect the site from being damage by frequent storm on Mars. Read the rest of this entry »