eVolo Magazine has announced the winners of the 2017 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. The annual award 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.
Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski from Poland won first place for their project Mashambas Skyscraper, which proposes a modular and scalable skyscraper conceived as an educational center and marketplace for new agricultural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. The design seeks to increase farming opportunities and reduce hunger in these regions.
Vertical Factories in Megacities, designed by Tianshu Liu and Linshen Xie from the United States, won second place. The design investigates the benefits of moving factories back to megacities. The proposal calls for a series of alternating architectural layers - factories and recreational areas - stacked together to create a vertical structure. Each recreational layer would feed from the waste and resources of these factories.
Javier López-Menchero Ortiz de Salazar from Spain won third place for his project Espiral3500, which introduces the streets and complexity of the city's horizontal plane into a spiraling vertical structure.