Tomorrow's Amazing Skyscrapers!

The 2012 Skyscraper Competition sponsored by the architecture journal eVolo inspired some amazing designs that predict the planet's future population and geographical changes. 

What's the Latest Development?

The architectural journal eVolvo has announced the winners of its 2012 Skyscraper Competition which solicited designs for tomorrow's living and working spaces. First prize went to a Chinese team for their 'Himalaya Water Tower' which, located high in the Himalayan mountain range, "stores water and helps regulate its dispersal to the land below as the mountains' natural supplies dry up." The skyscraper would collect water in the rainy season, purify it, freeze it into ice and store it for future use. 

What's the Big Idea?

The design of skyscrapers has largely remained static while the world has undergone huge demographic changes, putting more pressure than ever on our natural resources. Going far beyond slapping solar panels on a building's exterior, the competition's second prize went to another Chinese team which envisioned a 'Mountain Band-Aid'. Integrated into the side of the mountain, the structure would restore the homes of people displaced by 'progress' while rejuvenating local ecosystems. There are many more amazing ideas and great concept illustrations...

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