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20 insane concepts from the 2012 Skyscraper Competition

The “Himalaya Water Tower” is a skyscraper located high in the mountain range that serves to store water and helps regulate its dispersal to the land below as the mountains’ natural supplies dry up. Designed by Zhi Zheng, Hongchuan Zhao, and Dongbai Song.

The Plastic Fish Tower, a circular structure floating on the ocean surface within the great pacific garbage patch, will collect and reprocess plastic, which estimates say comprises 90% of the GPGP and is often ingested by birds and fish, causing their demise. Designed by Kim Hongseop, Cho Hyunbeom, Yoon Sunhee, and Yoon Hyungsoo.

The “Mountain Band-Aid” project seeks to simultaneously restore the displaced Hmong mountain people to their homes and work as it restores the mountain ecology of the Yunnan mountain range. Designed by Yiting Shen, Nanjue Wang, Ji Xia, and Zihan Wang.

Inspired by the towering cranes found in big cities, the 380 meter-tall “GreenGru” skyscraper provides public transportation via air to residents of metropolises with traffic problems or airports located far from the core. It also works as an energy station, generating enough power from within to run its own systems and light up some of the surrounding city as well. Designed by Gerasimos Pavlidis.

The “Citadel Skyscraper” project is imagined for Japan because of the numerous natural and manmade disasters that have struck the region in recent years. The project proposes a three-part implementation of new structures with an end result of protecting the island with a fortress-like defense shield. Designed by Victor Kopieikin and Pavlo Zabotin.

The “Coal Power Plant Mutation” project is a proposal for coal factory addendum, a skyscraper built over an existing factory that can reduce the amounts of harmful waste that spew from their chimney stacks while we wait for green technologies to take over. Designed by Chipara Radu Bogdan.

The “Monument of Civilization” proposal suggests locating trash vertically in a tower and using the energy generated from its decomposition to help power the surrounding city. Designed by Lin Yu-Ta.

Moved by the economic disparity in the United States brought to light by the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement, the designers of the Occupy Skyscraper propose creating a building that can further empower protesters and accelerate the Occupy movement. The temporary Occupy skyscraper can be erected on any protest site to provide shelter and meeting spaces for dissenters. Designed by Ying Xiao and Shengchen Yang.

This new “object” would challenge the function of living. The house becomes smart and incorporates multiple applications – one application per floor. The elevator is for the house what that Internet is for a smart-phone. Designed by Adrien Piebourg and Bastien Papetti.

The House of Babel offers a radical revision for the common method of building a traditional home. With the help of aerostatic construction we can eliminate extra floors and elevate the building to almost any desired height. The post-crisis skyscraper is the house consisting of two floors connected with a high-speed elevator on a thin heavy-duty cable. Designed by Nikita Asadov.

The design for “Mountain City” is set in a wild landscape inside a mountain to preserve the development of nature around it. A geothermic plant is the logical solution to provide energy to the city. The main condition for this is that the city should be located in a geographic zone with high geothermal gradients – active tectonic and volcanic areas. Designed by Charly Duchosal.

Aakash, the Hindi word for “sky,” provides the inspiration for this project, which proposes locating floating clusters of development high in the skies above Mumbai, one of the world’s most congested metropolises. The complex as a whole is comprised of tree-like structures that stem at nodes throughout the city, grow into the sky and then branch out into wide, floating modules that connect to create a road-less cityscape. The majority of the structural load is taken by cloud-shaped helium balloons; only some of the load is transferred to the ground by means of nodes. Designed by Lemire Abdul Halim Chehab, Suraj Ramkumar Suthar, and Swapnil Sanjay Gawande

In an era where mega-structures threaten to strip man’s needs and the humanity of architecture from new buildings and the field as a whole, the “Tower of Babel” seeks to do the opposite, existing as a living monument to its creator and their aspirations. The building is perpetually “under construction” as the needs and wants of its creator evolve, allowing the monument to experiment with and showcase many architectural trends. Designed by Maciej Nisztuk.

The “Skyscraper of Liberation” is imagined for the border of Israel and Palestine, which is defined by three districts: an Israeli district, a Palestinian district and a third, which is a zone where the borders are separated by a wall. This wall will be removed and replaced with a skyscraper, transforming the isolated and hate-filled area with one that is shared and fosters reconciliation. Designed by Xiaoliang Lu and Yikai Lin.

The designers of the [email protected] propose avoiding using precious land for new airports by constructing one that is positioned 450 meters in the air. The airport sits atop the bases of dozens of thin towers that mushroom out at the top with wide platforms that all connect to support the runways and airport facilities on top. Designed by ZhiYong Hong and XueTing Zhang.

The “Vertical Ground” project reexamines the “norm” for the organization of college campuses. By orienting a college campus vertically instead, colleges can locate in dense areas and perhaps even better facilitate social communication amongst students and faculty. Designed by George Kontalonis, Jared Ramsdell, Nassim Es-Haghi, and Rana Zureikat.

The “Heaven and Earth” project is a utopia wonderland residing in the air. There are mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, and animals. It solves the problems that exist on Earth, including food, water, and housing. Designed by Wei Zhao.

The main idea behind “Cliff Dwellings” is to inhabit the natural vertical geographical conditions. The vertical plane with zero occupancy offers the possibility, with the help of technology, to conquest the apparently inhospitable wall areas in order to preserve the green horizontal plane exclusively for wild life. The cliffs are the new virgin territories to explore. Designed by Román J. Cordero Tovar, Eric Israel Dorantes, Daniel Justino Rodríguez, and Izbeth K. Mendoza Fragoso.

“Noah’s Ark” is a self-sustainable city on the water that can support all living species, from humans to animals and fish to plants and trees that have been evicted from land by natural disasters, warfare, whatever disasters the end days may bring. Designed by Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic.

The “Ocean scraper” has a large bowl in the center to allow daylight to reach the depths; surrounding the bowl is a ring of living space. Submarines dock into the living space, and residents remain inside, creating a community of submarine apartments. Designed by Hui Chen and Luying Guo.