Future cities could include pancake-shaped buildings, power plants that harvest lightning and ocean-based skyscrapers that produce potable water and clean up trash. Those are some of the visions in the 2011 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, a forum for futuristic — and even fantastical — ideas for new architecture.
Click here to see the winning designs and some other interesting entries.
Hosted by the architecture magazine eVolo, the competition is meant to stimulate discussion, development and promotion of new concepts for vertical density. Participants are asked to examine the relationships among the skyscraper and the natural world, the community and the city.
The top three awards went to designs that focus on the environment, whether it's through cleaning polluted air or re-imagining one of the marvels of the modern world, the Hoover Dam. A host of honorable mentions include environmental cleanup facilities, sustainable communities and even subterranean communities for the living and the dead.
Click through to the photo gallery for some of the highlights from this year's competition.
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why don't we build massive structures out of rubber, or LEGO?
Rubber, comes from rubber trees. Lego, is plastics.
There is this new style of building work, much like lego it uses shapes of polystyrene wich can be cut to custom shapes, they are then interlocked to create a structure. Their hollowed out, concreate is simply poured into the space. The process is continued. Very cheap. Looks good too.
These look beautiful. I'm glad none of them are the same boring square shaped building we are all used to.
As usual, many are far more imagination than engineering.
For the cost of the ferris wheel you could cover New Dehli with free mass public transportation and solve ten times the poultion issues. Or just install public septic and garbage systems.
Several of the designs place far too much load on structural materials. Sure, it would stand up on a 6' model - but there are structural limitations to what steel and concrete can do.
Turning oil platforms into water purification plants is laudable - but where is the energy for the purification going to come from? Where is the water going to be piped to?
The trash barges seem feasable, but prone to pollution (think of NY's garbage barge fiascos of the past). Also, the Pacific vortex's trash is rather spread out - massive in are and amount, but low in density. It would take a lot of filtering to get any sizeable decrease in pollutants.
The subterrainian model at least had the benefits of feasibility (in that it would not be a pile of rubble after the first Earthquake - though an Earthquake would still cause structural issues that would be exspensive to fix). The problem with subterrainian structures, however, is that they are exspensive to build, maintain, and expand. This puts a premium on every square foot of space (like living on a navy ship). Still, this one was my favorite of the group.
There's video of Chinese technology building a fifteen story building complete in six days. This technology should be implemented to shelter everyone in the world.
As opposed to the current shelters ?
"Venezuela squatters find shelter in a 45-storey building"
"The Chinese Build A 15-Story Hotel In 6 Days"
I was thinking use a model of card house building competitions. They have contests which decides who builds the largest and best playing card house or building and they get VERY creative. If one were to now simply BUILD these 'card' houses or buildings. Use that card as a 'template' and build these huge creative building using ONE simple shape / panel extrapolated to much larger. Pretty simple using all these previous contest winners.
Reinforced foam panels. Imho.
"art huddle: Shelter - House of Cards Competition"
I think many of the designs fall into the fantastical and not the practical. I'm no engineer, but it seems it would take new technologies to see many of these designs even become a reality. It's always nice to dream, though.
Looks the underground guys (Enrico Tognoni, Federico Tinti, Davide Mariani) have been reading a little Asimov. The Robot series features a society on earth living in subterranean megalopolises (what is the plural on that?) that go so deep that people have developed a sort of vertigo when exposed to unbridled sky. So bad that they feel they'll "float away" if not hemmed in. The upside is that much of the surface of the planet is then turned over to wild lands or farming for the people living in the Caves of Steel. I know that's sci-fi, but Asimov was usually pretty spot on when it came to human behavior.
None of these building has much to do with any materials that currently could be used to build them cost-effectively if at all. They may look pretty on the page, but architecture at some point has to be about building the possible, not the impossible.
They also look like they have actual utility of purpose, either. They are just airy exercises in pretty possibilities, not actually functional, as also befits architecture.
They are nice science fiction covers but they are hardly worthy of architectural design awards.