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eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite students, architects, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition . Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.

The competition 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. It is also a response to the exploration and adaptation of new habitats and territories based on a dynamic equilibrium between man and nature – a new kind of responsive and adaptive design capable of intelligent growth through the self-regulation of its own systems.

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?

eVolo Magazine is committed to continue stimulating the imagination of designers around the world – thinkers that initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify what we understand as a contemporary skyscraper, its impact on urban planning and on the improvement of our way of life.

Schedule

  • June 27, 2011 – Competition announcement, registration begins, acceptance of questions.
  • November 7, 2011 – Deadline for submitting questions.
  • November 15, 2011 – Early registration deadline
  • November 30, 2011 – Answers to questions posted on website
  • January 17, 2012 – Late registration deadline
  • January 24, 2012 – Project submission deadline
  • February 27, 2012 – Winners’ announcement


Submission Requirements

This is a digital competition and no hardcopies are necessary. Entrants must submit their proposal via email no later than January 24, 2012 (23:00 hours US Eastern Time) to the following email address: skyscraper2012@evolo.us
Participants can send their entries through yousendit.com

(free) or similar if the files exceed 10mb or their email capacity.

The project submission must contain the following files:

  1. Two boards with the project information including plans, sections, and perspectives. Participants are encouraged to submit all the information they consider necessary to explain their proposal. These boards should be 24″(h) X 48″(w) in HORIZONTAL format. The resolution of the boards must be 150 dpi, RGB mode and saved as JPG files. The upper right corner of each board must contain the participation number. There should not be any marks or any other form of identification. The files must be named after the registration number followed by the board number. For example: 0101-1.jpg and 0101-2.jpg.
  2. A DOC file containing the project statement (600 words max). This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word „statement”. For example: 0101-statement.doc.
  3. A DOC file containing the entrants’ personal information, including name, profession, address, and email. This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word „info”. For example: 0101-info.doc.
  4. All the files must be placed in a ZIP folder named after your registration number. For example:  0101.zip


Jury

Maria Ailova [principal Terreform One]
Chris Bosse [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Gaël Brulé [principal Atelier CMJN, winner 2011 Skyscraper Competition]
Julien Combes [principal Atelier CMJN, winner 2011 Skyscraper Competition]
Marc Fornes [principal THEVERYMANY]
Florian Idenburg [principal SO-IL Solid Objectives – Indenburg Liu]
Minnie Jan [principal MisoSoupDesign]
Mitchell Joachim [principal Terreform One, professor at New York University]
Jing Liu [principal SO-IL Solid Objectives – Indenburg Liu]
Daisuke Nagatomo [principal MisoSoupDesign]
Alexander Rieck [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Michel Rojkind [principal Rojkind Arquitectos]
Michael Szivos [principal Softlab, professor at Pratt Institute]
Tobias Wallisser [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Ma Yansong [principal MAD Architects]


Regulations

  1. This is an anonymous competition and the registration number is the only means of identification.
  2. The official language of the competition is English.
  3. The registration fee is non-refundable.
  4. Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
  5. eVolo Magazine, as the competition organizer, reserves the right to modify the competition schedule if deemed necessary.
  6. Entrants will be disqualified if any of the competition rules are not considered.
  7. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.


Awards

  • 1st place – US $5000
  • 2nd place – US $2000
  • 3rd place – US $1000
Winners and special mentions will be published in several print magazines including eVolo_06
Previous winners have been featured in:
ABC Magazine – Czech Republic, About:Blank Magazine – Portugal, Aeroflot – Russia, Architect Builder – India, Architecture and Culture – Korea, Architektura Murator  – Poland, AT Architecture Technique – China, AWM – The Netherlands, Azure – Canada, B-1 – Thailand, Bauwelt – Germany, Blueprint – United Kingdom, BusinessWeek – USA, C3 – Korea, CAAOH – Ukraine, Casamica – Italy,Casas y Mas – Mexico, Concept  – South Korea, Courier Mail – Australia, Discover Magazine – USA,Donga – South Korea, Enlace – Mexico, Focus – Canada/Italy, Future Arquitecturas  – Spain, Geolino Extra – Germany, Grazia Casa – Italy, Kijk – The Netherlands, L’Installatore Italiano – Italy, L’Arca – Italy, L’Uomo Vogue  – Italy, La Razon – Spain,  Le Courier de l’ Architecte – France, Le Fourquet – Mexico, Mark Magazine – The Netherlands, Maxim – USA, Mercedes Benz Magazine  – Germany,Mladina – Slovenia, Modulo – Italy, Modulor – Switzerland, NAN – Spain, New Scientist – United Kingdom, Oculus  – USA, Of Arch – Italy, Pasajes de Arquitectura – Spain, Peak Magazine – Singapore, Popular Mechanics – USA/Russia, Puls Biznesu – Poland, Quo  – China/Spain, Rogue Magazine – Philippines, RUM – Sweden, Salt Magazine – The Netherlands, Science et Vie – France,Sciences et Avenir – France, Shanghai Morning Post  – China, Space – Korea,  Spade – Canada,  Spazio Casa – Italy, Specifier Magazine – Australia, SMW Magazine – Taiwan, Stafette  – Germany,  Tatlin – Russia, The Broker – The Netherlands, The Outlook Magazine – China, Time Style and Design – USA, Travel and Leisure – USA, Vida Simples Magazine  – Brazil, Vogue – Australia, USA,Vox Design – Poland, Wettbewerbe Aktuell – Germany, Wired – USA/Italy, Woongjin – Korea, World Architecture  – China

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