15 Mind Blowing Skyscrapers – From Vertical Farms to Shipping Container Towers and Buried Cities

by , 03/31/11

sustainable development, built environment, eco-architecture, skyscrapers, vertical farm, bio-fuel, containers, Paris, France, eVolo, hydrothermal, oil rigs, future

Finalists in the 2011 eVolo Skyscraper competition, these innovative buildings address a unique set of environmental and social challenges. The Nomad Skyscraper featured at the top of this article, for example, is designed for the 21st century nomad and its re-purposed containers can be shipped from city to city and “plugged in,” creating a sense of homecoming regardless of physical location.

Featured together, these 15 buildings give us a fantastic sense of what is possible when people apply ingenuity and commitment to sustainability to design.

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  1. pat myhiny May 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Those are nice skyscrapers but they are very complaex and seem to use a lot o fmaterial hope they work out!

  2. ed anger April 3, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    9/10th of these are unsubstainable fantasies, not mind blowing. offshore rigs require constant expensive maintainance, underground is dangerous and uncomfortable, gigantic buildings are hardly substainable. looks like cities i drew when i was ten.

  3. RnBram April 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I can’t stand the idea of living underground, not from claustrophobia, but for lack of sunlight and vistas. Add in the idea of living in Chinese coalmines has to be the worst possible option for me.

    Fires, cave ins/earthquakes, accidents, poisonous gas, equipment failure, etc. kills 1,000 to 3,000 Chinese *annually*. (see http://bit.ly/gWWwtj data from 200-2008) I’d MUCH rather live within a kilometer of the Fukushima nuclear plant, in an earthquake proofed, tsunami invincible building.

    I love the vertical agriculture, which is becoming economically feasible in major city centers. I love the idea for its pro-man value.

    Full disclosure, as a Biologist of 40 years, I have learned that the philosophy and science behind environmental/green activism is misanthropic and a selective abuse of facts for the cause —no different from the Creationists treatment of Evolution by Natural Selection. I guess that makes me unwelcome here.

  4. not dotte April 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I was less concerned about the vertical threats from terrorists, i.e. The Twin Towers, than I was worried about tornadoes & earthquakes. But then again, I live in the Land of Oz and keep my ruby slippers nearby.

  5. Tafline Laylin April 1, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Thanks bpg. I agree with you that simplicity is important, although I sometimes think harnessing the most of what nature offers can be fairly complex. About the cows… that surprised me too :)

  6. bpg131313 March 31, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    The artwork is fantastic, but from what I see here, things are needlessly complex when simplicity, safety, and ease of construction ought to be lenses through which we view future projects. I personally prefer the water habitat because I think it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing “colonies” off shore. I also think “building up” is going to be something we’re going to have to come to terms with. I know people are shy about building up especially after the twin towers came down, but we need to get over it and realize that it’s more efficient that way. The one showing cows on a level high up really surprised me, and I like the idea that buildings don’t have to be completely enclosed.

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