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eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition winners

eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competit...
First Place - Vernacular Versatility by Yong Ju Lee (United States)
First Place - Vernacular Versatility by Yong Ju Lee (United States)
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First Place - Vernacular Versatility by Yong Ju Lee (United States)
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First Place - Vernacular Versatility by Yong Ju Lee (United States)
Second Place - Car And Shell Skyscraper: Or Marinetti’s Monster by Mark Talbot, Daniel Markiewicz (United States)
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Second Place - Car And Shell Skyscraper: Or Marinetti’s Monster by Mark Talbot, Daniel Markiewicz (United States)
Third Place - Propagate Skyscraper: Carbon Dioxide Structure by YuHao Liu, Rui Wu (Canada)
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Third Place - Propagate Skyscraper: Carbon Dioxide Structure by YuHao Liu, Rui Wu (Canada)
Honorable Mention - Sand Babel: Solar-Powered 3D-Printed Tower by Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, Guo Shen (China)
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Honorable Mention - Sand Babel: Solar-Powered 3D-Printed Tower by Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, Guo Shen (China)
Honorable Mention - Climatology Tower by Yuan-Sung Hsiao, Yuko Ochiai, Jia-Wei Liu, Hung-Lin Hsieh (Japan)
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Honorable Mention - Climatology Tower by Yuan-Sung Hsiao, Yuko Ochiai, Jia-Wei Liu, Hung-Lin Hsieh (Japan)
Honorable Mention - Launchspire by Henry Smith, Adam Woodward, Paul Attkins (United Kingdom)
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Honorable Mention - Launchspire by Henry Smith, Adam Woodward, Paul Attkins (United Kingdom)
Honorable Mention - Hyper-Speed Vertical Train Hub by Christopher Christophi, Lucas Mazarrasa. (United Kingdom)
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Honorable Mention - Hyper-Speed Vertical Train Hub by Christopher Christophi, Lucas Mazarrasa. (United Kingdom)
Honorable Mention - Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper by Jie Huang, Jin Wei, Qiaowan Tang, Yiwei Yu, Zhe Hao (China)
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Honorable Mention - Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper by Jie Huang, Jin Wei, Qiaowan Tang, Yiwei Yu, Zhe Hao (China)
Honorable Mention - The New Tower Of Babel by Petko Stoevski (Germany)
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Honorable Mention - The New Tower Of Babel by Petko Stoevski (Germany)
Honorable Mention - Bamboo Forest: Skyscrapers And Scaffoldings In Symbiosis by Thibaut Deprez (France)
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Honorable Mention - Bamboo Forest: Skyscrapers And Scaffoldings In Symbiosis by Thibaut Deprez (France)
Honorable Mention - PieXus Tower: Maritime Transportation Hub Skyscraper For Hong Kong by Chris Thackrey, Steven Ma, Bao An Nguyen Phuoc, Christos Koukis, Matus Nedecky, Stefan Turcovsky (United States)
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Honorable Mention - PieXus Tower: Maritime Transportation Hub Skyscraper For Hong Kong by Chris Thackrey, Steven Ma, Bao An Nguyen Phuoc, Christos Koukis, Matus Nedecky, Stefan Turcovsky (United States)
Honorable Mention - Hyper Filter Skyscraper by Umarov Alexey (Russia)
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Honorable Mention - Hyper Filter Skyscraper by Umarov Alexey (Russia)
Honorable Mention - Project Blue by Yang Siqi, Zhan Beidi, Zhao Renbo, Zhang Tianshuo (China)
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Honorable Mention - Project Blue by Yang Siqi, Zhan Beidi, Zhao Renbo, Zhang Tianshuo (China)
Honorable Mention - Liquefactor: The Sinking City by Eric Nakajima (New Zealand)
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Honorable Mention - Liquefactor: The Sinking City by Eric Nakajima (New Zealand)
Honorable Mention - Urban Alloy Tower by Matt Bowles, Chad Kellog (United States)
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Honorable Mention - Urban Alloy Tower by Matt Bowles, Chad Kellog (United States)
Honorable Mention - Skyvillage For Los Angeles by Ziwei Song (United States)
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Honorable Mention - Skyvillage For Los Angeles by Ziwei Song (United States)
Honorable Mention - Here.After: The Material Processing Machine by Tsang Aron Wai Chun (Hong Kong)
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Honorable Mention - Here.After: The Material Processing Machine by Tsang Aron Wai Chun (Hong Kong)
Honorable Mention - The Blossom Tower by Anthony Fieldman / RAFT Architects (United States)
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Honorable Mention - The Blossom Tower by Anthony Fieldman / RAFT Architects (United States)
Honorable Mention - Seawer: The Garbage-Seascraper by Sung Jin Cho (South Korea)
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Honorable Mention - Seawer: The Garbage-Seascraper by Sung Jin Cho (South Korea)
Honorable Mention - Infill Aquifer by Jason Orbe-Smith (United States)
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Honorable Mention - Infill Aquifer by Jason Orbe-Smith (United States)
Honorable Mention - Re-Silience Skyscraper: Biomass Reduction by Diego Espinosa Figueroa, Javiera Valenzuela Gonzalez (Chile)
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Honorable Mention - Re-Silience Skyscraper: Biomass Reduction by Diego Espinosa Figueroa, Javiera Valenzuela Gonzalez (Chile)
Honorable Mention - 21st Century Neoclassical Skyscraper by John Houser, Park MacDowell (United Sates)
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Honorable Mention - 21st Century Neoclassical Skyscraper by John Houser, Park MacDowell (United Sates)
Honorable Mention - Made In New York: Vertical Urban Industry by Stuart Beattie (United States)
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Honorable Mention - Made In New York: Vertical Urban Industry by Stuart Beattie (United States)

The winners of the 2014 eVolo skyscraper competition were announced in March. Now in its ninth year, the contest aims to recognize outstanding ideas for vertical living. This year's entries included wooden structures, sky cities and buildings that grow.

The eVolo competition looks for the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organizations and is well known for showcasing imaginative concepts. Last year's competition, for example, saw awards go to a solar umbrella designed to provide shade for melting ice-caps and a floating city kept afloat by helium. This year's winners are arguably more restrained, on balance, but delving a little deeper into the honorable mentions still throws up some wonderfully out-there ideas.

The 2014 first prize went to Yong Ju Lee from the US for his design Vernacular Versatility. The design draws upon the exposed wooden structures used in traditional Korean houses, or Hanoks. It is aimed at taking a design style that was traditionally used for one-story buildings and reimagining it for a present-day skyscraper "with efficiency and beauty."

Second Place - Car And Shell Skyscraper: Or Marinetti’s Monster by Mark Talbot, Daniel Markiewicz (United States)
Second Place - Car And Shell Skyscraper: Or Marinetti’s Monster by Mark Talbot, Daniel Markiewicz (United States)

Second place was awarded to Mark Talbot and Daniel Markiewicz, also from the US. Car And Shell Skyscraper: Or Marinetti’s Monster proposes a self-contained city in the sky. It comprises a huge cube-shaped construction that houses residential accommodation, recreational spaces, commercial areas, streets and pedestrian pathways.

Third Place - Propagate Skyscraper: Carbon Dioxide Structure by YuHao Liu, Rui Wu (Canada)
Third Place - Propagate Skyscraper: Carbon Dioxide Structure by YuHao Liu, Rui Wu (Canada)

The last entry to receive an award, and perhaps the most radical of the top three designs, came from Canada's YuHao Liu and Rui Wu. Their concept, Propagate Skyscraper: Carbon Dioxide Structure, aims to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and then use it as part of a process to "self-propagate," or grow, the structure. A scaffold determines the building's shape and provides materials for its growth, which is then driven by environmental factors such as wind, weather and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Honorable Mention - Hyper-Speed Vertical Train Hub by Christopher Christophi, Lucas Mazarrasa. (United Kingdom)
Honorable Mention - Hyper-Speed Vertical Train Hub by Christopher Christophi, Lucas Mazarrasa. (United Kingdom)

Beyond the main prize winners, eVolo also lists a number of honorable mentions. Some of the notable inclusions this year are 3D-printed structures in the desert, a skyscraper enclosed in a bubble that maintains a healthy internal environment and a train station/hub that parks the vehicles vertically to save space.

Head for the gallery for a look at each winner and honorable mention.

Source: eVolo

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