eVolo 2010 Winners

The winners have been announced for the 2010 eVolo Skyscraper Competition.

The winning entry – a ‘Vertical Prison‘ that isn’t actually vertical – looks like an oil rig suspended over a city and repurposed to house inmates. It’s not that the project isn’t interesting or lacks merit – but winner of the competition? My ninjas, please.

Seriously – I suppose I’m just confused as to what the competition is about, if ‘Vertical Prison’ takes first place. It seems to me that the value of this project lies in the sociopolitical implications of integrating our prison systems and our society in the proposed way, rather than in skyscraper design. Under different circumstances I’d actually feel entirely different about this project – but as the eVolo winner? It almost seems unfair to the other entrants that a competition that has been [let’s face it] largely about form-making is going to change gears.

Any thoughts on this year’s winners?

Posted: March 9th, 2010
at 12:07am by orangemenace

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Categories: architecture,towering pagodas,competitions

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  1. Probably just a newly grumpy me talking here (actually entered it this year, always the bridesmaid…), but I thought the first place was a little off as well. The conceptual notion, independent of squishing it into the set of District 9, would make a great thesis project. I liked the second place entry the most out of the top three (though the energy involved in lifting that volume of water has me scratching my head, I think treatment plants are surface-dwelling for a reason). Other than that, thankfully less “vertical farm” attempts, though still plenty of “people need every piece of program ever squished together arcology” retreads.

    And, as always, everyone’s presentation skills are top notch. That’s what I look forward to the most with this contest.


    9 Mar 10 at 1:19 am


  2. i’m 100% with u shinobi…


    9 Mar 10 at 6:32 am


  3. This structure is very strange and not like a skyscraper.

    Stela Savage

    10 Mar 10 at 3:44 pm


  4. well. i saw all the entries posted on eVolo, and i agree with the winner, i think u need to take the “vertical concept” in a more open point of view.

    and about the competition, nor of the rest proyects, verticals, in a strict way, have a such strong or innovative idea. they are just mere redesigns of a skycrapper, in most cases. and u can see too entries of floating islands.. flying structures…

    sorry if my enlgish isnt clear.


    12 Mar 10 at 2:09 pm


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