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eVolo Magazine, an architecture and design journal with a futuristic bent, has announced the winners of its 2013 Skyscraper Competition, where architects imagine what the skyscrapers of tomorrow will look like. Hundreds of architects entered and offered up concepts for buildings, and they are some of the most science-fictional ideas we've seen in a while. Just a quick sample of some honorable mentions: a skyscraper that floats on a giant balloon, a shield that harnesses heat from volcanoes, and a plan for building cities inside meteorite crash sites.
Admittedly, this contest is more of a thought experiment; it's not very likely any of these are ever going to be built. (Hopefully the one for rebuilding after the apocalypse isn't necessary, anyway.) But still, like the best sci-fi, it gives a glimpse of the future based on technology we're near now.
So until you're reading this from your wood skyscraper, enjoy.
Wow, there's something seriously idiotic about almost every one of these. I can't decide what's worse: the childlike misunderstanding of orbital physics in the Strat-Scrapers one or the absurd ideas about burning garbage using rockets in one way or another with the Floating Garbage Buildings.
Yup, these pictures seem more about just fantasy and extremely less towards reality.
Are these really the explanations for these pictures, or did we make up a stories to go along with the pictures? I vote for the latter.
Floating skyscraper. Nice. A new terrorist target.