eVolo is pleased to invite students, architects, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.
The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.
The competition is also an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. It is also a response to the exploration and adaptation of new habitats and territories based on a dynamic equilibrium between man and nature – a new kind of responsive and adaptive design capable of intelligent growth through the self-regulation of its own systems.
There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without constraints in the most creative way. What is a skyscraper in the 21st century? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of these mega-structures?
eVolo Magazine is committed to continue stimulating the imagination of designers around the world – thinkers that initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify what we understand as a contemporary skyscraper, its impact on urban planning and on the improvement of our way of life.
June 27, 2011 – Competition announcement, registration begins, acceptance of questions.
November 7, 2011 – Deadline for submitting questions.
November 15, 2011 – Early registration deadline
November 30, 2011 – Answers to questions posted on website
January 17, 2012 – Late registration deadline
January 24, 2012 – Project submission deadline
February 27, 2012 – Winners’ announcement
Maria Ailova [principal Terreform One]
Chris Bosse [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Gaël Brulé [principal Atelier CMJN, winner 2011 Skyscraper Competition]
Julien Combes [principal Atelier CMJN, winner 2011 Skyscraper Competition]
Marc Fornes [principal THEVERYMANY]
Florian Idenburg [principal SO-IL Solid Objectives – Indenburg Liu]
Minnie Jan [principal MisoSoupDesign]
Mitchell Joachim [principal Terreform One, professor at New York University]
Jing Liu [principal SO-IL Solid Objectives – Indenburg Liu]
Daisuke Nagatomo [principal MisoSoupDesign]
Alexander Rieck [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Michel Rojkind [principal Rojkind Arquitectos]
Michael Szivos [principal Softlab, professor at Pratt Institute]
Tobias Wallisser [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Ma Yansong [principal MAD Architects]
1st place – US $5000
2nd place – US $2000
3rd place – US $1000
Winners and special mentions will be published in several print magazines including eVolo_06.
To register please go to http://www.evolo.us/architecture/registration-evolo-2012-skyscraper-competition/