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The HP Skyline 2020 competition "outlined fresh visual imaginations for the skyline discarding preconceived notions" and "allowed students and professionals to partner and elucidate their visions and designs that would change the skyline thereby transforming the city itself."
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The winners, Anto Gloren, Sayali Athale, and Pune, hung 1000 square foot units from towers in a tensegrity structure. Their roofs are all used for agriculture, their waste is purified and used to water the farm on the next level down, and biowaste and human waste is treated and turned into biofuel to create energy for the project. The designers try to address the food crisis, the water crisis and the energy crisis, noting:
The reason for this predicament is the self-centric nature of urban living, reflected in the city structure and finally in its skyline. If only all the dewllings, offices, institutions coul dcome together ito find a solution, they would then form dynamic parts of a skyline, while still maintaining their individual character.
It does have a certain familiarity, looking a bit like Moshe Saftie's Habitat 67 in Montreal. But the like Habitat, building this way gives every unit a roof that can be used. More at Bustler.
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