« eVolo Magazine invites students, architects, engineers, and designers from around the globe to take part in the 2011 Skyscraper Competition, a forum for the discussion, development, and promotion of innovative concepts for vertical density. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.
The exponential increase of the world’s population and its unprecedented shift from rural to urban areas has prompted hundreds of new developments without adequate urban planning and poor architectural design. The aim of this competition is to redefine what we understand as a skyscraper and initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify our cities and improve our way of life.
The use of new materials, technologies, aesthetics, and novel spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution are some of the multi-layered elements that the participants should take into consideration. This is also an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community.
There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without constraints in the most creative way.
What is a skyscraper in the 21st century? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of these mega-structures?
Participants must register by January 11, 2011. Participants may submit various projects, but must register each entry. There is no limit as to the number of participants per team. Individual entries are accepted. The project submission deadline is January 18, 2011, and winners will be announced on February 28, 2011.
The 1st place winner receives $5,000 US; 2nd place receives $2,000 US; and the 3rd place winner receives $1,000. »
(Source: Canadian Architect)