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eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition

2011/08/01, by , under Competition, Exhibits, models, visualization

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2012 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 17, 2012.
  • Early Registration:  US $65 until November 15, 2011.
  • Late Registration: US $85 from November 16, 2011 to January 17, 2012.
  • 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.

–> R E G I S T E R   Y O U R   T E A M


  • June 27, 2011 – Competition announcement, registration begins, acceptance of questions.
  • November 7, 2011 – Deadline for submitting questions.
  • November 15, 2011 – Early registration deadline
  • November 30, 2011 – Answers to questions posted on website
  • January 17, 2012 – Late registration deadline
  • January 24, 2012 – Project submission deadline (23:00 hours US Eastern Time)
  • February 27, 2012 – Winners’ announcement

Submission Requirements

This is a digital competition and no hardcopies are necessary. Entrants must submit their proposal via email no later than January 17, 2012 (23:00 hours US Eastern Time) to the following email address:[email protected]. Participants can send their entries through yousendit.com (free) or similar if the files exceed 10mb or their email capacity.




Maria Ailova [principal Terreform One]
Chris Bosse [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Gaël Brulé [principal Atelier CMJN, winner 2011 Skyscraper Competition]
Julien Combes [principal Atelier CMJN, winner 2011 Skyscraper Competition]
Marc Fornes [principal THEVERYMANY]
Florian Idenburg [principal SO-IL  Solid Objectives – Indenburg Liu]
Minnie Jan [principal MisoSoupDesign]
Mitchell Joachim [principal Terreform One, professor at New York University]
Jing Liu [principal SO-IL  Solid Objectives – Indenburg Liu]
Daisuke Nagatomo [principal MisoSoupDesign]
Alexander Rieck [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Michel Rojkind [principal Rojkind Arquitectos]
Michael Szivos [principal Softlab, professor at Pratt Institute]
Tobias Wallisser [principal LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture]
Ma Yansong [principal MAD Architects]



  • 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_06.

–> R E G I S T E R   Y O U R   T E A M


Previous winners have been featured in:
ABC Magazine – Czech Republic, About:Blank Magazine – Portugal, Aeroflot – Russia, Architect Builder – India, Architecture and Culture – Korea, Architektura Murator – Poland, AT Architecture Technique – China, AWM – The Netherlands, Azure – Canada, B-1 – Thailand, Bauwelt – Germany,Blueprint – United Kingdom, BusinessWeek – USA, C3 – Korea, CAAOH – Ukraine, Casamica – Italy,Casas y Mas – Mexico, Concept – South Korea, Courier Mail – Australia, Discover Magazine – USA,Donga – South Korea, Enlace – Mexico, Focus – Canada/Italy, Future Arquitecturas – Spain, Geolino Extra – Germany, Grazia Casa – Italy, Kijk – The Netherlands, L’Installatore Italiano – Italy, L’Arca – Italy, L’Uomo Vogue – Italy, La Razon – Spain,  Le Courier de l’ Architecte – France, Le Fourquet – Mexico, Mark Magazine – The Netherlands, Maxim – USA, Mercedes Benz Magazine – Germany,Mladina – Slovenia, Modulo – Italy, Modulor – Switzerland, NAN – Spain, New Scientist – United Kingdom, Oculus – USA, Of Arch – Italy, Pasajes de Arquitectura – Spain, Peak Magazine – Singapore, Popular Mechanics – USA/Russia, Puls Biznesu – Poland, Quo – China/Spain, Rogue Magazine – Philippines, RUM – Sweden, Salt Magazine – The Netherlands, Science et Vie – France,Sciences et Avenir – France, Shanghai Morning Post – China, Space – Korea,  Spade – Canada,  Spazio Casa – Italy, Specifier Magazine – Australia, SMW Magazine – Taiwan, Stafette – Germany,  Tatlin – Russia, The Broker – The Netherlands, The Outlook Magazine – China, Time Style and Design – USA, Travel and Leisure – USA, Vida Simples Magazine – Brazil, Vogue – Australia, USA,Vox Design – Poland, Wettbewerbe Aktuell – Germany, Wired – USA/Italy, Woongjin – Korea, World Architecture – China