eVolo Magazine recently hosted the 2012 Skyscraper Competition, which features a large collection of mindblowing design concepts. After receiving 714 projects from 95 different countries, its jury selected 3 winners and 22 honorable mentions.
The “Himalaya Water Tower” was awarded first place. The proposal was for a mountain skyscraper that collects water in the rainy season, purifies and freezes it into ice for storage, and then regulates its dispersal to the land below. In second place was the Chinese project “Mountain Band-Aid,” which seeks to simultaneously return the displaced Hmong mountain people to their homes and work as it restores the ecology of the Yunnan mountain range. The award for third place went to the “Vertical Landfill,” which would serve as a reminder of the amount of garbage we produce and function as a power plant that harvests energy from waste decomposition.
Among the honorable mentions there are underwater cities, mobile skyscrapers, floating cities, airport skyscrapers, and temporal buildings that attach to existing structures. One concept aims to provide shelter and meeting spaces for protesters, another is shaped like a giant tire with a building and green space in the center. There is also a design for a vertical college campus, and clusters of floating tree-like structures that create new spaces for development above a congested city. Click through to see a selection of the skyscrapers: