The Floating Tower

By:  | April - 29 - 2019

Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Piotr Yurchanka, Alexey Kunko, Vladislav Sidorenko, Dmitry Tkachuk
Belarus

In a pursuit of technological progress which allegedly improves our life we forget to pay due attention on what has supported our comfortable existence on this small planet for thousands of years.

Problem
Swamps are the”lungs of the planet”. The benefits they provide are comparable to the benefits of forests. Every swamp is an amazing organism. Like all life on Earth, it breathes, but how?

Swamps absorb carbon dioxide and constantly emit oxygen. Tons of pure oxygen.

The swamps are home to hundreds of different types of animals and plants. This is an unknown world, with its own laws and rules.

In the middle of the last century, the total area of ​​swamps in Belarus was 2,940 thousand hectares (14.2% of the entire territory of the country). After 60 years, the area of ​​swamps on the territory of Belarus has decreased by 3.5 times. Currently it is only 860 thousand hectares.

Unfortunately, mass swamp reclamation (drainage), which began in the middle of the last century, led to irreversible consequences, such as fires, drought, soil degradation and the complete destruction of certain types of animals and plants not only in Belarus, but also in all Eastern Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

Filtration Skyscraper

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Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Honglin Li
United States

FILTRATION is a waste-management and waste-to-energy power plant skyscraper located in the “Eighth Continent”- it often refers to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. It spans waters from the West Coast of North America to Japan. The size of the patch is estimated to be 8.1% of the size of the Pacific Ocean, twice the size of Texas, thrice the size of California, the rubbish layer is on average 100 feet thick. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not the only vortex—it’s just the biggest. The Atlantic and Indian Oceans both have trash vortexes. Even shipping routes in smaller bodies of water, such as the North Sea, are developing garbage patches.

FILTRATION essentially is a highly modularized prefabricated waste-management and waste-to-energy power plant megastructure that contains several Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) and Water Treatment Plants (WTP) to recycle the floating garbage continent and clean the seawater in all levels from the different ocean across the world. The innovative not only for self-sustaining but also helping resolve the world energy crisis for this coming century. Read the rest of this entry »

Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Karol Łącki, Dominik Pierzchlewicz, Szymon Ciupiński
Poland

In 50 years’ time there will be more rubbish than fish in the ocean.Without interfering in temporal activities, the world of marine fauna and flora will die. The most important step mankind should take is to stop further waste emissions, as well as to raise awareness of waste management. The world of architecture faces the challenge of counteracting to one of the most serious problems in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Carbon Copy Skyscraper

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Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Dattner Architects
United States

Carbon Sequestration Through Super Reforestation

Human development is outracing the capacity of the planet’s natural ability to sustain it. Over-building, farming, and logging have resulted in the inevitable depletion of our forests, which are an important source of carbon dioxide absorption. The release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is happening faster than our forests, oceans and soils can absorb them, disturbing the carbon cycle crucial to the equilibrium of our planet.  Having paved our way into this situation, can our urge to build be harnessed to reverse this fatal course and help sustain our future, even as forest cover steadily diminishes?

Skyscraper, Landscape, Forest: Our project redefines these three terms by proposing a new ecology in which the verticality of the skyscraper is introduced into the vast horizontal expanse of the forest. Instead of an urban skyline populated by humans, our project proposes a new landscape of forest structures inhabited only by animals, birds and trees. This skyforest is a systemic solution to the problem of deforestation. Built on a large-scale grid, it leaves the forest floor available for managed growth and harvesting, while duplicating the forest vertically by means of a three dimensional grid that rises high above the ground. This new skyline works with nature rather than against it.  Read the rest of this entry »

Library Of Caste Skyscraper

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Honorable Mention
2019 Skyscraper Competition

Zheng Tianshu , Sun Xingcan , Li Zhipeng , Ma Xinya
China

This design is located at the border of slum and wealthy area in new Delhi, India.It is intended to be reflected in the Indian caste system, where different RACES blend and influence each other. The plan focuses on the path diversion and divides into five streamlines.Single path is discussed, the line of sight and space effects on people, through the study of 5 kinds of caste into, to extract the different space prototype respectively, classifying the combination, constitute the high-rise buildings, introduces the unique space retrieval way, makes the building is not only a caste of list, more of a deep integration, is a milestone of memorable. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »