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Premise 

The promise of jobs and prosperity, among other factors, pulls people to cities. Half of the global population already lives in urban areas, and by 2050 it is expected to swell to two-thirds.

As cities continue to grow, the way we construct and manage buildings has become crucial to global economic and social development. Overpopulation in cities is the most pressing issue, silently aggravating the forces behind global warming, environmental pollution, and a reduced quality of life.

Challenge 

As the global population is rising the city becomes more crowded, changing the urban fabric of the city. Expanding cities horizontally will destroy more natural resources. And so, it has been suggested that vertical cities can be a solution.

A skyscraper acts as a distinctive landmark, stamping its imprint on the urban fabric where no common man can afford to live. Presently, skyscrapers are designed like an island: anchored at one spot, whereas they should be designed as stems to a city.

In this challenge, the design of the skyscraper is inspired by the social, economic and political frameworks of the city and the various urban issues that continuously persist. The participants are asked to design a skyscraper that not only contributes to the urban fabric but also to the city and the people around it.

The aim is to create the design without any constraints in the most creative way possible. What does a skyscraper look like to you in the future ? What are the social, cultural, environmental, historical and urban responsibilities of these mega-structures?

Prizes

  • Prize pool of worth 4000$
  • First Prize: 1500$ (For students and professionals)
  • Runner up: 800$ (For students and professionals)
  • People’s Choice: 450$ (For students – Most appreciated project wins this)
  • People’s Choice: 450$ (For students – Most appreciated project wins this)
  • Honorable mention x 2 (Students): 200$ Each
  • Honorable mention x 2 (Professionals): 200$ Each
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