Owners of some of Chicago’s skyscrapers are hoping to tap into new technology that — by dimming lights or lowering water temperature on a massive scale — would dramatically cut energy usage and save millions of dollars. Interesting stat: 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions occur in urban areas with buildings accounting for 70%. via chicago tribune [RK]
evolo magazine‘s winners of the 2010 skyscraper competition. since 2006, the annual skyscraper competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organization. the award seeks to discover young talents whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.
above: first place. a project for a vertical prison examines the possibility of creating a prison-city in the sky, where the inmates would live in a “free” and productive community with agricultural fields and factories that would support the host city below. globalization, sustainability, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution, were some of the multi-layered elements taken into consideration. the designers are architecture students chow khoon toong, ong tien yee, and beh ssi cze, from malaysia.
above: second place. the project is the ‘ciliwung recovery program’ which aims to purify and repair the ciliwung river habitat. the building is designed as an ingenious habitable machine that would collect garbage, purify water, and provide housing to thousands of people that live in the slums along the river. the designers are rezza rahdian, erwin setiawan, ayu diah shanti, and leonardus chrisnantyo, from indonesia.
above: third place. the project ‘nested skyscraper’ explores robotic construction techniques for a structure of carbon sleeves and fiber-laced concrete. the building is a system of multiple layers of composite louvers which thicken and rotate according to solar exposure, ventilation, and materials performance. the designers are ryohei koike and jarod poenisch, from the united states.
the 2010 jury: mario cipresso, kyu ho chun, kenta fukunishi, elie gamburg, mitchell joachim, jaeyoung lee, adelaïde marchi, nicola marchi and eric vergne. the Jury selected 3 winners and 27 special mentions among 430 entries from 42 countries.