eVolo 2011 Skyscraper Competition


The first place
Atelier CMJN (Julien Combes, Gaël Brulé) from France

The second place
Yoann Mescam, Paul-Eric Schirr-Bonnans, and Xavier Schirr-Bonnans from France

The third place
Yheu-Shen Chua from the United Kingdom

eVolo Magazine received 715 projects from all five continents and 95 different countries.

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It examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Skyscraper
Country New York, United States
RegDeadline 11 January 2011 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
18 January 2011 (via Online)
Eligibility All

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?

Benjamin Aranda [principal Aranda\Lasch]
Juan Azulay [principal Matter Management, professor at Southern California Institute of Architecture]
CarloMaria Ciampoli [port director Live Architecture Network]
Mario Cipresso [principal Studio Shift, professor at University of Southern California]
Ted Givens [associate director RMJM]
Eric Goldemberg [principal Monad Studio, professor at Florida International University]
Jose Gonzalez [principal Softlab, professor at Pratt Institute]
John Hill [editor Archidose]
Mitchell Joachim [principal Terreform One, professor at New York University]
Andrew Liang [principal Studio 0.10., professor at University of Southern California]
Chris Lasch [principal Aranda\Lasch]
Neri Oxman [principal Materialecology, Presidential Fellow at MIT Media Lab]
Javier Quintana [principal Taller Basico de Arquitectura, Dean of IE School of Architecture]
Rezza Rahdian [Architect, Second Place 2009 Skyscraper Competition]
Michel Rojkind [principal Rojkind Arquitectos]
Michael Szivos [principal Softlab, professor at Pratt Institute]

1st place: US $5000
2nd place: US $2000
3rd place: US $1000

Entry Fee
Early Registration: US $65 until November 16, 2010
Late Registration: US $85 from November 17, 2010 to January 11, 2011

Two boards (24″ X 48″) and a DOC file containing the project statement (600 words max)

Winners’ announcement: February 28, 2011

Past winners


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