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Phoenix Observation Tower, Arizona / USA by BIG. Project Details: Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA Type: Infrastructure Size: 70,000 square feet Client: Novawest Architects: BIG - Collaborators: MKA (structure), Atelier10 (sustainability), Gensler (local architect), TenEyck (landscape) Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Christoffersen Project Leader: Iannis Kandyliaris Team: Thomas Fagan, Aaron Hales, Ola Hariri, Dennis Harvey, Beat Schenk Aerial View Located in downtown Phoenix, the 70,000 sf Observation Tower shall add a significant structure to the Phoenix skyline from which to enjoy the city’s spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges and dramatic sunsets.

Phoenix Observation Tower, Arizona / USA by BIG

Phoenix-based developer Novawest, commissioned the team to create a destination event to provide tourists and citizens of Phoenix alike the chance to enjoy the unique features of the Valley of the Sun. This is the right place and the right time for a signature project for downtown Phoenix and we knew the design needed to be something extraordinary. Contemporary Habitable Bridge in Italy. This contemporary habitable bridge in Italy was designed by architects Philippe Rizzotti, Vermet Tanguy, Manal Rachdi, and Samuel Nageotte.

Contemporary Habitable Bridge in Italy

The project received the first prize of the Solar Park South International Competition. The bridges allow a limited impact on the landscape. The local culture of Bergamotte, Italy demonstrates the region’s perfectly tempered weather (8°-30°C), and the volcanic area reveals a high energy potential. The climate and the site inspire vertical villages for the european snowbirds (housing/medical equipment/entertainment/shops) that are connected by walkways to the sea and highways to the cities.

Eco-Pods Produce Bio-Fuel Energy. We have seen the financial outcome of the Real Estate crash in 2008.

Eco-Pods Produce Bio-Fuel Energy

What sometimes we overlook are the urban voids left by unfinished buildings. That is the case of the Filene’s development in downtown Boston which construction was halted in November 2008. Höweler + Yoon Architecture and Squared Design Lab think this as an opportunity to explore new ways of producing architecture. They have designed a prefabricated ‘Eco-Pod’ that proposes to stimulate the economy and the ecology of downtown Boston. “The pods serve as bio-fuel sources and as micro-incubators for research”. Via Inhabitat & Flavorwire To commemorate the 9th Annual Skyscraper Competition, eVolo is publishing the Limited Edition Book "eVolo Skyscrapers 2" which is the follow-up to its highly acclaimed book “eVolo Skyscrapers”.

-> EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS 2 - Limited Edition Book. The Taiwan Tower is a Sustainable Twin Syscraper for the 21st Century. The Taiwan Tower is a proposal by Vienna-based architect Steven Ma in Collaboration with San Liu, Xinyu Wan, and Emre Icdem.

The Taiwan Tower is a Sustainable Twin Syscraper for the 21st Century

This highly innovative project consists of a set of super slim twin towers that reach a height of 350 meters where an observatory and sky-park is located. The plinth of the towers is formed by an intricate set of museums that will exhibit Taiwan’s past, present, and future. Each of the three museums configures itself around recreational areas that include a water plaza, an outdoor theatre, a green house, and an event plaza. Another interesting feature is the location of four different types of hanging gardens along the towers’ structure with high-end residences and an aviary for endangered bird species.

A Vertical Manifesto for Mumbai. Finalist 2011 Skyscraper Competition Ankita Dahiya, Dhruv Bahl, Mayank Ojha India 1 The following key concepts, taking off from a conventional habitat, form the core of our design, along with justifying the manifestation of the adjective – vertical. 1.1 Multiplication of Urban Space: The vertical habitat is conceived, not as a sub-division of the Urban Floor with stacked plans of identical units, but instead as an extension of, or multiplication of the Urban Floor along its normal.

A Vertical Manifesto for Mumbai

This reifies the conventional ideology of a ‘core + lobby + unit + facade’ typology and incites us to design for ‘built areas’ and ‘open spaces’ within a vertically rising structure. 1.1.1 Built Areas: The elementary unit constitutes of a lot, instead of a built up fixed layout apartment, where depending upon the ownership, an individual, a cooperative or a developer can construct houses/offices/shops/institutes as per the regulatory zoning planned. -> EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS 2 - Limited Edition Book.