eVolo annual skyscraper competition

This annual Skyscraper Competition organized by eVolo has emerged as an important architectural competition, and the 2008 edition was published by more than ten architecture and design magazines and by several news, fashion, and art publications. Moreover, the eVolo Book containing the best projects of the first three years has received excellent reviews and has been included in the catalog for the Book Expo America, Frankfurt Book Fair, and Beijing Book Fair.

The 2009 competition calls for innovative designs for the 21st century which take into consideration the historical and social context, the existing urban fabric, the human scale, and the environment. eVolo invites architects, engineers, and designers to continue exploring on new ideas and concepts for vertical density. Skyscrapers have been springing up in fast-developing countries without careful consideration of the urban fabric, environmental effects, and quality of life.

There is no restriction on site, height or shape of the skyscraper, and the idea is to give the designers enough freedom to address the challenge in the most creative and innovative way. Designs must be technologically feasible and environmentally responsible, and the projects should also investigate urban and private space as well as beginning to define new programs for vertical structures.

All students, architects, engineers and designers are invited to participate, and multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. There is no limit on the number of participants on a team.

The registration fee is $50 US per team. As soon as the competition entry fee is received, the entrants will be sent a participation number which will be used later on in the submission boards.

First Prize is $2,000; second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $500.

November 10, 2008 is the deadline for questions, and the answers will be posted on the website on November 24, 2008. The registration deadline is January 12, 2009, with the submission deadline following a week later on January 19, 2009. Winners will be announced on February 16, 2009.

For more information, please visit www.evolo-arch.com.