eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2013 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 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.
Architects, students, engineers, and designers are invited to participate in the competition. We encourage you to have multidisciplinary teams.
- Participants must register by January 15, 2013.
- Early Registration: US $75 until November 13, 2012.
- Late Registration: US $95 from November 14, 2012 to January 15, 2013.
- One registration = One project
- Participants may submit various projects, but must register each entry.
- There is no limit as to the number of participants per team. Individual entries are accepted.
After your registration has been approved eVolo will send the registration number, which will be necessary for submission boards.
- June 25, 2012 – Competition announcement, registration begins, acceptance of questions.
- November 5, 2012 – Deadline for submitting questions.
- November 13, 2012 – Early registration deadline
- December 3, 2012 – Answers to questions posted on website
- January 15, 2013 – Late registration deadline
- January 22, 2013 – Project submission deadline (23:59 hours US Eastern Time)
- March 11, 2013 – Winners’ announcement
This is a digital competition and no hardcopies are necessary. Entrants must submit their proposal via email no later than January 22, 2013 (23:59 hours US Eastern Time) to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- All the files must be placed in a ZIP folder named after your registration number. For example: 0101.zip
Vincent Callebaut [principal Vincent Callebaut Architectures]
Giacomo Costa [visionary artist, author: The Chronicles of Time]
Julien De Smedt [principal Julien De Smedt Architects – JDS]
Hernan Diaz Alonso [principal Xefirotarch, Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc]
Mathias Hollwich [principal HWKN, founder Architizer]
Ed Keller [principal aUm Studio, Associate Dean at Parsons New School of Design]
Marc Kushner [principal HWKN, founder Architizer]
Francois Roche [principal R&Sie(n) architecture, professor at GSAPP Columbia University]
Roland Snooks [principal Kokkugia, professor at GSAPP Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania]
Dongbai Song [winner 2012 Skyscraper Competition]
Tuuli Sotamaa [principal Sotamaa Design, designer at Alessi]
Kivi Sotamaa [principal Sotamaa Design, Director at Aalto Digital Design Laboratory, Professor at UCLA]
Tom Wiscombe [principal Tom Wiscombe Design, professor at SCI-Arc]
Hongchuan Zhao [winner 2012 Skyscraper Competition]
Zhi Zheng [winner 2012 Skyscraper Competition]
- This is an anonymous competition and the registration number is the only means of identification.
- The official language of the competition is English.
- The registration fee is non-refundable.
- Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
- eVolo Magazine, as the competition organizer, reserves the right to modify the competition schedule if deemed necessary.
- Entrants will be disqualified if any of the competition rules are not considered.
- Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.
- 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_07.
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