Since 2006, the Los Angeles based architecture and design publisher eVolo has organised an annual skyscraper competition. In their own words, The award challanges architects and designers’ creativity and explores the future of building high through the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organization. In 2012, a selection was published containing 300 previously submitted projects. Knowing that 4,000 projects were submitted in the years between 2006 and 2012, you’ll understand why there was plenty of room for a The Best Of – Part 2.
If you are an engineer or developer who tends to make a mountain out of the mole hill when it comes to technical feasibility or construction costs, than this book is not for you. It’s true that close to zero of these projects will ever see the light of day in the way presented, but in that case you are missing the point. Each and every one of these submitted projects shows you what the world would look like if we wanted to. In 50 plus years from now you will look at this book and understand where we were at. But it takes the ideas of now to get there.
The skyscraper has always been more of a statement than a problem solver, and even though some submissions tackle real world problems, it’s really about the creativity which how they do it. As such, these projects are not just ideas, but also a source for other ideas. Just like many of the world’s great skyscrapers, the eVolo skyscraper is a manifest of human imagination and progress.
Evolo Skyscrapers 2 is a large collection of ideas. Some have a lot to say and only four pages to do it. You might find some pages to be cramped with small images and print.
This is a limited edition. As in general eVolo publications tend to go out of print rather fast, get them while you can!
150 New Projects Redefine Building High
editor-in-chief : Carlo Aiello
year : 2014
pages : 628
publisher : eVolo