Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Thomas Gössler
Austria

Problem
Today, one of humanity’s biggest problems is transportation. Every single day, many individuals spend hours in traffic congestion which does not only waste their time, but often pollutes the environment by emitting greenhouse gases and particulates. Another challenge is long distance traveling by airplane. Compared to other modes of transport traveling by air has a more harmful environmental impact per passenger-kilometre (see graph). However, the number of airplanes is increasing, and they are expected to fly more frequently. In a plausible scenario, total global carbon emissions in 2050 might be at similar levels as today which means we have to expect an increase in the average global temperature by 4° Celsius in the long run. This project aims to use high-rise architecture in order to address problems of modern transportation systems and to give an alternative to airplane traveling. Therefore, new technologies like hyperloop are incorporated into the project. Read the rest of this entry »

Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Paula Domka, Oliver Siekierka
Poland

People tend to destroy our planet. Looking forward to explore the universe for seeking a new home. This vision shows the possibility to create a new place for us, next to our roots, thus giving them space to breathe and resurrect the second life.

We live in times of unlimited possibilities and freedom. On a daily basis no one is thinking about the sources of energy supplied to virtually any device. We do not compare what has changed over the centuries. The world is running forward and you

either keep pace or you are far behind and you can never make up for it anymore. However, there are people, events, exhibitions, works of art, performances that occasionally shake the world. They show statistics, problems, possibilities, sometimes even solutions, but in a strange way it seems only to pass through us and disappear like an echo. On the second day, everyone goes on, not remembering. Read the rest of this entry »

Recombinant Skyscraper

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Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Compettion

PIN Architects + Kalebodur Team
Salih Kucuktuna, Fikret Sungay, Mert Sezer, Ekin Arslan, Erdem Gunsur, Hande Mumcu, Oznur Pehlivan, Yildiz Yildirim, Eda Cidamal Erdogmus

Turkey

The Philosophy of Architecture 
From Vitruvius to Le Corbusier, A.gaudi to Z.hadid, architects are constantly adapting to new situations by developing their own methodology and by continuously pushing the boundaries. From the Pantheon to the Bilbao Museum by Gehry, architects are also building under different conditions, sometimes by following principles of architecture and sometimes by challenging them. The tension that exists between the architects and the age in which they belong creates this evolution. Our environments are constantly forcing us to discover.

Unfortunately, this process has had a dramatic breaking point in the middle of last century. In the second half of the 20th century we built massive quantities of buildings, which caused the cities to get more and more crowded. Architects, urban planners, engineers and other professionals began to feel more helpless about the complexity of the problems in the cities. Architecture lost its appeal as cities began to strive to meet the housing demand through the mass production of buildings.  We are hoping the first quarter of the 21st century is a turning point and we will see the wind change in a more positive way.

The Team & The Methodology
This inquiry is based on creative ideas derived from multidisciplinary collaboration supported with scientific research and experimentations. Read the rest of this entry »

Bi-National Community Skyscraper

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Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Charles Tzu Wei Chiang, Alejandro Moreno Guerrero
Taiwan

Although with the recent American governments intents to enhance the construction of border between Mexico and U.S. to reinforce control. There are many stories regarding how such border separate family members who hold different citizenship, or work and live on different side of border. This proposal aims to transform perception of political border from boundary of separation to gathering for connection.

Friendship Park located next to border between San Diego and Tijuana, as one of the location where many separated families will meet from both side of border. In 1900s, there is no well defined border but only patrols to control for access. Many travel back and forth to meet their family during weekend. Later, metal fence was constructed to establish the border. In 1990s, additional metal mesh had been applied to prevent physical contact for illegal activities. Despite seeing each other through metal mesh almost like seeing prisoners in jail, families still willing to travel far to reunite on border. Read the rest of this entry »

Armature: A Topophilic Tower

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Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Weber Thompson Architects
Kristen Scott, Cody Lodi, Myer Harrell, Kristen Clemens, David Burpee, Nicole Winn, Erin Hatch, Leslie Riibe, Allison Rose, Weston Hambliton
United States

I remember watching the rapid transformation of our beloved city from the window of an overcrowded bus. On commutes to and from work I would wonder: how can we as a community embrace this change, and adapt without losing our identity? This place we love grew from a humble city to a booming, unrecognizable metropolis. Despite the technology that was meant to bring us together, we were left feeling less connected than ever – to each other, to nature, and to the small-community values that defined our cozy hidden nook in the northwest corner of the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Ka’ poy yepü Skyscraper

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Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Zöe Russián Moreno
Venezuela

OUTLINE | PURPOSE
Forests cover more than 30% of the entire planet. They create oxygen, they absorb malicious greenhouse gasses, they provide a substantial source of medicines, and many more actives necessary for life. However, even with these vital characteristics, it has not stopped developers from exhausting its resources while being misinformed; never reaching its full potential. Therefore, “Ka’ poy yepü” seeks to address this problem by proposing a multi-platform research center with a focus on geo-biological education. The purpose is to expand knowledge on how to harmonize technology and nature by networking around the globe on how to use and discover new forms of energy. Read the rest of this entry »

Floating Egyptian City

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Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Tao Qiyang, Wang Kun, Chen Ruihua, Sun Yunjuan
China

It is a grim reality in many parts of the world that the sand is pressing on. Desertification is a worldwide ecological and environmental problem. On average, there are about 50,000 ~ 70,000 square kilometers of land desertification every year in the world. This design is located in the desert of Egypt, and choose a typical pyramid group as an example, trying to explore the combination of modern technology, using skyscrapers to improve the desert environment and Egyptian culture(pyramids、temples、castles) combined with the architectural situation. The skyscraper is not only a building, but also a culture and a national symbol. The prototype is based on Cook’s idea of a “plug-in city”. On the basis of improving the ecological environment of the desert, the internal production, life and transportation should be organized. Form the appearance of the inverted pyramid. Floating above the desert, the structure is shaped to collect and produce water. At the same time, the interior of the building collects and manufactures water sources, stores and accumulates them into artificial lakes, and effectively interacts with the desert ground. The interior of the building becomes a hanging garden. The facade is in the solid form of pyramid.In the future, we hope that, thanks to the development of technology, the the vision of desert oasis will be realized and gradually improve the desert environment. Read the rest of this entry »

Tower Of Life

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Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Turan Akman
United States

Water is the foundation of life. Now, imagine a world without water. 33% of the land in the world are deserts, so life without water is a reality for those regions. In fact, around 1 billion people lack access to safe water, and this number is growing as the water crisis in the world is getting worse. On top of this, climate change is affecting our water sources. Rivers and lakes are either drying up, or becoming too polluted to use.  Moreover, hundreds of thousands of people die each year because of diseases caused by lack of water. New buildings are usually designed to save water, but this solution is simply not enough. At the current rate of water consumption, this problem will only get worse and we need a better solution. Read the rest of this entry »

Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Romain Josue, Corentin Fraisse
France

ANALYSIS: OUR MOUNTAINS ARE CRUMBLING
Mountains are not only made of ice and rock but also of our dreams and our desires. Man has always believed that, as a witness to our birth, mountains would also be around for our departure. But for the past twenty years, the continuous thawing of the permafrost which binds the Alps together has triggered an increase in the number of landslides. 2018 was another record-breaking year with one of the hottest summers ever recorded, and as a result, the temperature of the earth has never been higher. With rising temperatures come new issues for the world’s population to tackle: unstable peaks kill tens of alpinists every year as rocky outer layers crumble away, causing landslides and the mass flooding of valleys. Thus the Alps become more and more dangerous each day. Mont Cervin is the perfect illustration of these new dangers: located at the Swiss/Italian border, this icy rock formation has been subjected to the changes in permafrost and its decay, and as a result, the countries’ border has moved over 150m in 60 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Memory Cube Skyscraper

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Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Keyi Shen, Zichao Zhong, Dingyu Li, Jian Yan, Yuan Zhang
China

As we all know, there are many natural wonders caused by uncontrollable factors such as climate or plate movement. It is likely that after several Centuries, there are no Everest, East Africa Rift Valley, Colorado Grand Canyon, etc.

Just like us now, we are eager to understand what the world before is like, and we can only guess and restore through fossils and incomplete historical documents. No one provides us with an accurate statement. Meanwhile we don’t have a way to document the natural landscape.

So this Skyscraper will play the role of a historical scene recorder and narrator, simulate a real scene for future humans, and let landscape wonders continue. Read the rest of this entry »