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Evolo Magazine Announces Winners Of Coveted 2014 Skyscraper Competition

We examine the prize-winning proposals awarded, "Outstanding ideas for vertical living."

by Emerson Rosenthal
Feb 16 2016, 4:34pm

The jury is out: eVolo Magazine has announced the first, second, and third place winners of its lofted 2014 Skyscraper Competition. The panel, made up of principal architects and arch-professors alike, selected three winners and twenty honorable mentions from 525 submissions, across 43 countries. 

From the announcement made on their website today:

The 2014 edition marks the ninth anniversary of the competition established in 2006 to recognize outstanding ideas for vertical living through the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations. [...] To commemorate the 9th Annual Skyscraper Competition, eVolo is publishing the Limited Edition Book "eVolo Skyscrapers 2" which is the follow-up to its highly acclaimed book “eVolo Skyscrapers." The 628-page book examines 150 projects received during the last years of the competition. Only 1000 copies are available worldwide.

Pre-orders for the limited edition text are available by clicking here. Below, details of the top three finalists of this year's 2014 Skyscraper Competition. 

Third Place: Propogate Skyscraper: Carbon Dioxide Structure

YuHao Liu & Rui Wu, Canada

"Carbon capture is an emerging practice aimed at obtaining and containing greenhouse gases to mitigate their net availability in the atmosphere. However, existing carbon capture practices use the method of point capture, catching carbon gases at the source, requiring a significant initial investment in additional facilities, infrastructure, and maintenance of underground storage. Hence, the implementation of point capture method may directly and indirectly contribute to a significant sum of greenhouse gases through construction, material production and processing, in addition to the contingencies associated with underground storage."

Second Place: Car and Shell Skyscraper: Or, Marinetti's Monster

Mark Talbot & Daniel Markiewicz, United States

"This project proposes a city in the sky for Detroit, MI. The new city is conceived as a vertical suburban neighborhood equipped with recreational and commercial areas where three main grids (streets, pedestrian pathways, and structure) are intertwined to create a box-shaped wireframe. Traditional and contemporary houses and other diverse programs plug in the structure to create a rich vertical urban fabric."

First Place: Vernacular Versatility

Yong Ju Lee, United States

Congratulations to all of the finalists of this year's 2014 Skyscraper Competition. Here's to hoping these futurestructures will one day occupy a city near you. 

Images via eVolvo's site, where you can also subscribe to the magazine.