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Product Design
Published: 28 Apr 2017

Modular Urban Landscapes: Skyscraper Competition 2017

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L-R: Mashambas Skyscraper, Vertical Factories in Megacities

Now in its 11th year, US-based architecture and design journal eVolo Magazine’s annual Skyscraper Competition recognises visionary high-rise concepts that challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environment. This year’s winning concepts explore the potential of modular and scalable skyscrapers.

First Place – Mashambas Skyscraper: The winning submission, by Polish designers Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski, proposes a moveable educational centre and marketplace in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim is to offer training to farming communities on how to increase harvests, as well as supplying fertilisers and high-yield seeds. Stackable, arch-shaped modules form vertical farms that provide support until the local agriculture becomes self-sufficient. The structure can then be disassembled and moved to another area. See Designing for Drought for more innovation for desert climates.

Second Place – Vertical Factories in Megacities: US-based designers Tianshu Liu and Lingshen Xie say that in the near future, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in megacities boasting populations of more than 10 million. Their concept tower places factories in the centre of these urban landscapes. Breaking industrial plants down into small units means they can be stacked to create high-rise vertical factories. By interspersing the storeys with natural-looking landscapes mimicking leafy green hills and lakes that turn the city’s waste into renewable energy for the factory, the team envisions a closed-loop system. 

See Revised Urban Living in our Milan 2017: Branded Experiences report for ideas that already redefine the urban landscape.

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