Evolo Skyscraper Competition: Hate The Winners, Love the Honorable Mentions

It is an annual ritual now, looking at the entries to the Evolo Skyscraper competition, where one sees the most incredible renderings of wild and crazy buildings, created by designers all over the world. And, has ever been the case, it is a ritual to diss the winners and second-guess the judges. I mean really, how could they only give an honorable mention to the incredible On Demand Experience, where a giant factory in the basement produces rooms to order, which are then taken up to your apartment by a giant elevator.


Simply request the desired space with your computer and the request will be processed by the warehouse connected to your building. Your space will arrive as an equipped 'box' that plugs into your apartment. Several boxes can dock in a single apartment at the same time and everything is available on demand. So whether your desire is to play golf, work out or have a lunch meeting, just let the warehouse know! This is the ultimate mixed-use building where apartments blend with different functions and services, the hub of your professional and social life.

Then there is the giant Borg cube that ate Manhattan, John Houser's Borough No.6. He writes:

Situated above the existing urban fabric, this building occupies the space between 22nd and 14th street and 6th and 7th avenue in New York City. The size of the structure creates interdependency, and allows for the formation of new communities within the already-dense housing grid. Woven into the residential fabric of the grid, large office towers provide a workplace for the residents of the structure. These towers unfold to allow for a large public park cut high above the city, maintaining the necessary public access to nature. Far removed from the intensity of urban life, the park provides residents and visitors an escape to nature while still maintaining a unique visual link with the city.

Perhaps the most realistic proposal is Asaf Dali's Hopetel: Transitional High-rise Housing. He creates a vertical tent city for those displaced by the housing meltdown.

As a result of the recent deteriorating economy and rising unemployment, homelessness is among the most pressing issues faced by US cities. Following the housing market crash, "tent cities" (makeshift shelters set up by people who have lost their homes) have been popping up all over the country. It is a time where the poverty rate is at a record high, and in many cities unemployment is in double-digits.

This project proposes a transient solution to accommodate growing numbers of citizens who have lost their houses to foreclosure. The main idea is to create an environment that will provide a stable ground during the search for a steady income and a permanent home.


And then there is the winner, LO2P: Delhi Recycling Center, by Julien Combes and Gaël Brulé. It's a giant wind turbine with a building wrapped around it, made from old cars.

The idea behind this skyscraper is to recycle the old cars and use them as building material for the new structure. The building is designed as a giant lung that would clean New Delhi's air through a series of large-scale greenhouses that serve as filters. Another set of rotating filters capture the suspended particles in the air while the waste heat and carbon dioxide from the recycling center are used to grow plants that in turn produce bio-fuels.

The whole thing is a jumble of jargon lifted from McDonough and Braungart of Cradle to Cradle, a turbine that won't turn and not very much building at all. What were they thinking?

More at Evolo

I think the stuff was better inPast Evolo Competitions:

Other Interesting Entries in the Evolo Competition : TreeHugger

"Portable Housing" Is Really A Vertical Trailer Park : TreeHugger

"Portable Housing" Is Really A Vertical Trailer Park : TreeHugger

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