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 »

The Swiftbird Skyscraper

By:  | August - 16 - 2018

Editors’ Choice
2018 Skyscraper Competition

Alon Rubovitch

In the electric-shared-autonomous transportation era which coming upon us, it can be imagined that things like parking and private cars will be no longer relevant. The debate about this  change in the world has many aspects, such as safty, privacy, efficiency and more. tough the biggest change that is around the corner and sooner than people might think, is that passangers drone will be an integral part of our transportation system.

These man-carrying drones have many advantages. Ostensibly, they have no need in infrastructures – Drones need only a levelized surface to land and the air to fly through.

This 3D transportation is not limited to the street level entrance of the building, and potentially can get to any floor. On the other side, these abilities have some down sides too. The drones use a lot of energy to stay in the air, which causes a lot of noise, wind and dust which we do not want in our streets. Read the rest of this entry »

ArchitectScripta is organizing an International intensive workshop of Advanced Architectural Design under the Thinking Tank of .:ErrorGRiD:. based on Maya and Grasshopper techniques. The ArchitectScripta Summer Workshop 2017 is led by ArchitectScripta Principal Nefeli Chatzimina (currently teaching at the National Technical University of Athens, previous teaching at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles ), an allumni Graduate of Columbia University in New York City and Nikos Papavasileiou (ArchitectScripta Principal). ArchitectScripta Athen Workshop is organized under the auspices of the Hellenic Institute of Architecture and the Athens School of Fine Arts. Selected Participants will attend the computation design workshop, academic lectures, nal reviews and exhibition at Benaki Museum of Athens from 10th until the 20th of July 2017. Daily meetings will take place from 10am to 5pm at the Benaki Museum of Pireos 138 in Athens. As part of an ongoing academic research, ArchitectScripta Workshops introduce participants into contemporary discussions of formal exploration in Architecture and Art. Through technical attainment of design and digital production the ArchitectScripta Workshops give the opportunity to students of Architecture and Art, Professional Architects, Designers and Artists to challenge new design territories. Our goal is to explore innovative, potential architectural expressions of the current discourse around Form through computational tools (Autodesk MAYA, Grasshopper Rhino). We will focus on technique elaboration, material intelligence, formal logic eciencies and precision assemblies as an ultimate condition of design. The workshop will develop and investigate the notion of procient geometric variations at a level of complexity, so that questions towards geometrical eectiveness, accuracy and performance can begin to be understood in a contemporary setting. The workshop is a discourse based in the use of multi-layered techniques and production processes that allow for control over intelligent geometries, calibration of parts, and behavioral taxonomies, normalizing an innovative held of predictability.

ArchitectScripta Summer Workshop 2018
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eVolo Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Skyscraper Competition. The Jury selected 3 winners and 27 honorable mentions from 526 projects received. The annual award established in 2006 recognizes visionary ideas- projects that through the novel novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

The FIRST PLACE was awarded to designed by Damian Granosik, Jakub Kulisa, and Piotr Pańczyk from Poland. The project is a foldable skyscraper inspired by origami that could be easily transported and deployed in disaster zones.

Jinja: Shinto Shrine Skyscraper designed by Tony Leung  from Hong Kong received the SECOND PLACE. The project aims to restore the traditional interactions between a Shinto Shrine and the local people- an urban building for rice farming, spiritual meditation, and community development.

The recipient of the THIRD PLACE is Claudio C. Araya Arias from Chile for the project Waria Lemuy: Fire Prevention Skyscraper. This proposal envisions a new prototype for vertical housing in areas damaged by wild fires in Chile. The project makes use of passive systems to mitigate wind and disperse water to prevent new fires.

The honorable mentions include Sandscrapers that prevent desertification, floating skyscrapers that transform ocean water into fresh water, towers that collect fog in arid regions, 3-D printed buildings, and volcano skyscrapers among other visionary proposals.