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2012 eVolo Skyscraper Awards Announced

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by Tom Cranford last modified Mar 18, 2012

eVolo Magazine's annual skyscraper competition looks for a redefinition of skyscrapers through new technologies, materials and aesthetics. This years top three winners demonstrate all these things.



In 2006 eVolo Magazine began an annual skyscraper competition to recognize outstanding ideas by young, talented designers. The committee looks for a redefinition of skyscrapers through new technologies, materials and aesthetics.

They look for designers who re-think the relationships between public/private space and the role of the individual versus the collective. Ultimately they seek to award architecture that creates a dynamic and adaptive vertical community with an adaptable flexibility. The top three winners demonstrate all these things.

First Place: “Himalaya Water Tower” by Zhi Zheng, Hongchuan Zhao and Dongbai Song from China.


40% of the world’s fresh water supply rests in 55,000 glaciers of the Himalayan Mountains, and you don’t need to be a devotee of climate news to know that those glaciers are shrinking. The rapidly changing ecology of the Himalayas is already affecting its people with bouts of drought and flooding.
The “Himalaya Water Tower” sits high in the mountain range and will serve as a collector of water that will then be distributed to the inhabitants below at regular intervals as the natural aquatic resources of the mountain range dries up. Each tower will collect, purify, freeze and store water.


Second Place: “Mountain Band-Aid” by Yiting Shen, Nanjue Wang, Ji Xia, Zihan Wang from China


This project seeks to accomplish two things simultaneously: restore the displaced Hmong people of the Yunnan mountain range while protecting the region’s dwindling biodiversity and wounded environment.

Brutalized by years of aggressive mining and industrialization, the Yunnan mountains have been ransacked and their peoples ousted. These processes haven’t just ruined nature, they’ve separated people from their homes and their ability to earn a living.

The “Mountain Band-Aid” skyscraper seeks to give the Yunnan people a home again on the mountain while helping its natural environment recover and flourish.

Third Place: “Vertical Landfill” by Lin Yu-Ta from Taiwan

Pollution is a global problem these days, and designer Lin Yu-Ta approached it in a unique and spectacular way. Focusing on garbage, the “Vertical Landfill” takes the refuse that New York produces in a year and puts it in a vertical tower that is twice the height of the Empire State Building.

As land disappears and transportation costs rise, disposing of garbage is becoming more and more expensive. Recycling addresses only part of this issue. Lin places the skyscraper in the middle of the city so that the energy generated by the decomposition can be utilized, along with renewable energy such as solar power and wind, in the surrounding city power grid. The skyscraper is also a loud reminder of society’s waste.




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