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'Living skyscraper' wins architecture prize

By T.K. Randall
May 11, 2021 · Comment icon 7 comments

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A design concept for a skyscraper made from genetically modified trees has won this year's eVolo contest.
Started in 2006, the prestigious eVolo Skyscraper Competition - which offers a $5,000 cash prize - awards those who use architecture to "challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments."

This year's winner, which was picked from nearly 500 entries, was developed by a team of architects from the Ukraine whose "Living Skyscraper for New York City" envisages a future in which entire buildings can be formed from an intricate network of genetically modified trees.

Designed to provide a solution to the city's growing population as well as its lack of green spaces, the 'living skyscraper' is formed entirely from trees that have been shaped to form walls and rooms.

"We believe that by integrating genetically modified trees during the stage of their growth and development into architecture, we can restore the balance between the digitalized megacities and the Earth's resources, which are gradually depleted," the team wrote.
"A skyscraper tree is a separate living organism with its own root system, irrigation, care mechanisms, and features of development focused on its adaptation to use in architecture."

While such a design might not be practical in reality and the entire thing would seem to be one hell of a fire risk, it is nonetheless a fascinating look at a concept that could potentially exist in the future.

"As the Aztecs learned to adapt to their environment we hoped to realize a proposal that co-lives with nature and doesn't seek to tame it," the team wrote.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Tom1200 3 years ago
That wins a prize? Why not go all the way and design a skyscraper out of endangered species?  Genetically modified elephants for walls (strength), g-m transparent fish for windows (or coloured ones, if thin enough), g-m angora rabbits for carpets (soft, non-carnivorous), etc. What utter tosh.  IMHO.  (The 'H' doesn't mean humble.)
Comment icon #2 Posted by kartikg 3 years ago
It has to be a feel good factor. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by joc 3 years ago
Wouldn't the trees eventually die and rot, leaving the infrastructure of the skyscraper incredibly dangerous? Oh wait..nevermind..I just read this: While such a design might not be practical in reality and the entire thing would seem to be one hell of a fire risk, it is nonetheless a fascinating look at a concept that could potentially exist in the future. It's basically a fantasy building...definitely Feel Goodism! Potentially exist in the future??   sigh
Comment icon #4 Posted by jethrofloyd 3 years ago
I would rather live in a fungus megastructure.  
Comment icon #5 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
Growing buildings (and growing vehicles, tools, technology, etc.) is an interesting concept to look into...But it's also one we're clearly thousands of years from. Now, growing parts? Growing things to serve specific functions in cleaning/recycling, energy creation/storage, maintenance, etc.? That's worth working on.
Comment icon #6 Posted by theotherguy 3 years ago
Near the house that I lived in before, there's a big tree that's partially engulfing a wire fence. I was looking at that tree one day, and I started wondering if it would be feasible to create a full fence that way. Plant saplings and near a set of suspended crossbars. As the trees grow, they grow around the crossbars, so that eventually the tree trunks serve as the fence posts. If you take it a step farther, with careful pruning, it might be possible to use horizontal branches as crossbars, so that the entire fence is naturally grown. There are some logistical problems with growing trees so c... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Stiff 3 years ago
I can see them building Police Headquarters out of this stuff. It would be ideal for the Special Branch. 

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