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The Skyscrapers of the Future

Free From the Rules of Physics and Practicality, 20 Architects Radically Reimagine the Skyscraper.These high-rise designs are sci-fi visions of the future

By Jimmy Stamp
smithsonianmag.com
March 27, 2014

Since 2006, the architecture journal eVolo, which focuses on avant-garde design and technological innovations, has held an annual competition challening designers to reimagine vertical living "through the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations." The results are often mind-bending, sci-fi visions of alternate realities and possible futures expressed in stunning computer renderings. But the problems and issues these buildings address are very real. Most of these designs aren't practical solutions, but they aren't meant to be; the competition is a way to speculate on the role of the high-rise in the future and push the boundaries of a building type that only seems to be growing - both in height and in numbers.

The 525 entries submitted this year were judged by an impressive list of architects and educators (see the full list below), who selected three winning projects and twenty honorable mentions, all of which have bee published on their website and can be seen in the above gallery.

The first place title was awarded to Yong Ju Lee for his thoughtful proposal “Vernacular Versatility,” which reinterprets elements of traditional Korean architecture such as exposed wood and a curving tile roof. Advancement in design software has made it possible to extrapolate these traditionally one-story forms into innovative high-rise structures designed to meet new cultural needs.

Read More Here + Slideshow and pics of some of the buildings
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/20-architects-rad...



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For the most part,

this is what we call an act of mental masturbation.

impressive

this is my favorite.. not a skyskraper, but definately an spectacular design
http://inhabitat.com/charles-patons-teatro-del-agua/

deacon's picture

Crazy looking building

But still is kind of squared,I hate squares as much as I hate corners
Can't anyone make a round or egg shaped building?That would be something of the future.
P.S. The jetsons have round buildings,Sooo,it isn't too much to ask :)
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If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

sure

deacon's picture

One wouldn't get

cornered in one them ;)
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If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

Another crazy one

Then there's this crazy museum in East Lansing, MI

Michael Nystrom's picture

That is disturbing

Like I said, buildings should look normal.

He's the man.

I have a theory..

My theory is that MSU is building a massive space machine, and it's different pieces are scattered across campus disguised as different things. That "museum" is the bridge (obviously...), then there's the Brody cafeteria for the mess hall, the cyclotron for the engines, and pretty much any of the dorms for living quarters.

jrd3820's picture

Yeah I went to MSU for 2 semesters

Then I transferred, that wasn't there when I was there, and I hadn't been to East Lansing in forever until this past Dec when I went to meet a friend who recently moved there and drove by that and was quite surprised to see it.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Michael Nystrom's picture

Very interesting, although

I prefer my buildings to be of the regular kind. You know, just regular old buildings.

I knew it was time for me to leave Seattle when this thing showed down at the Seattle Center. I mean, this thing is a real thing, unlike those pictures in that article.

Buildings should be so weird. They should be more... regular.

He's the man.
jrd3820's picture

What?!?!

Did you at least go though?

Did you know it has a sci fi museum attached to it, with old comic book collections and artifacts from sci-fi movies and show sets?

Did you know it has a huge Hendrix collection?

Did you know it has a huge guitar collage that hangs from the ceiling and is really cool?

Did you know I have a slide show I should send you of EMP pics?

Did you know that?

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Michael Nystrom's picture

How would I know any of that?

I hate that building.

Hmmph.

Like I said, a building should look normal if it wants me to go inside of it.

Ok, but considering all that - maybe I'll check it out next time.

He's the man.

What do you think about...

the Sydney Opera House? It's not exactly normal looking either but surely you have gotten used to it.(?)

"Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos!"- Homer Simpson

Michael Nystrom's picture

I know

I was just joking around (kind of). I should have used the purple font.

That is a pretty building. I like it. I'm not completely against weird architecture. In fact, I went all the way to Bilbao to see Frank Gehry's Guggenheim, and I thought it was spectacular.

I thought one was spectacular, but he kept doing them, and then it got old. He's got one here in Cambridge, too - the Stata Center at MIT, and every time I drive by it, I just wish it was a normal looking building.

He's the man.

Never judge a building by its

Never judge a building by its shape. You should know this.

jrd3820's picture

You are Weird.

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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Michael Nystrom's picture

Hey, that stuff looks pretty cool

Where did you find all of that?

He's the man.
jrd3820's picture

In the weird shaped building

It has weird stuff inside also.

Weird people also.

Weirdness.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Michael Nystrom's picture

Your weird

(get it?)

Your weird.

He's the man.
Michael Nystrom's picture

Are the people shaped weird in there too?

BTW, they say the EMP was designed to look like a smashed guitar:

Even before groundbreaking, Seattle Weekly said the design could refer to "the often quoted comparison to a smashed electric guitar." Indeed, Gehry himself had made the comparison, "We started collecting pictures of Stratocasters, bringing in guitar bodies, drawing on those shapes in developing our ideas."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMP_Museum

He's the man.