My Design: Evolo 2012

Evolo has just announced the winners of the 2012 Skyscrapers competition. Every year since 2006 they have been showcasing conceptual projects that fall under the gaze of "Future Skyscraper". Projects have ranged from mobile towers, to floating cities. This year there are some really amazing projects.

I entered the competition on my own this year, my first competition ever! Stealing away from the family in the evening for just about two weeks, spending my precious minutes in a coffee fueled frenzy, I diligently attempted to research, design, and render my own concept of a Future Skyscraper. 

Somehow, amazingly, I was able to submit my entry 3 days before the deadline!!! A previously unheard personal experience. I'm usually one of the many pushing right to the last second, in fact I distinctly recall hearing "Pens down Mr. Meyer!" on more than a few occasions. Sadly, I should have spent the last three days working a little harder, as I did not make it onto the podium, or even within the select group of 22 honorable mentions.  However, I am consoled by the fact that I am in a rather large group of 689 other entry's. 

So, without further ado, here is my own entry...

Here is the info on my competition entry...
Sea(O2) Scraper

Sea levels are rising. They have been for decades, but in recent years due to the oceans’ thermal expansion, melting ice sheets and ice caps, levels have begun to rise at a much greater rate than ever before. It is currently projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that within the 21st century we will see at least 18 to 59 cm rise in sea levels, while less conservative science groups predict between 80 and 200 cm, and a potential 6 meters over the course of several centuries.

A truly global concern, rising sea levels have devastating potential. A one meter rise in sea levels will cover an approximately 2,223,000 km2 of land, directly displacing approximately 145,000,000 people, with many indirect impacts such as food shortages facing billions. With global warming being a continued topic of debate in international forums, these very real issues must be addressed. As a global community, we need to begin exploring new methods of mitigating the damages and adapting to the emerging new world geography.

The Sea(O2) Scraper is a response to the rising sea levels, and attempts to address the three main issues that arise:

The Sea(O2) Scraper is a complete living system for the displaced populations affected by the rising sea levels throughout the world. The system provides a new place to live and work, integrates vertical farming, energy generation, waste management, and carbon dioxide binding plants and storage facilities.

Not only mitigating issues it is adapting the new environment by being located in the ocean close to the cities most affected. In order to construct the Sea(O2) Scrapers, the cities most threatened by the rising sea levels will be used as material (re)source. Buildings located in threatened zones will be targeted based on their potential to be recycled and salvaged, then dismantled. The materials would then be recycled for use in the new construction.

Taking a modular approach by using a kit of parts, the system relies on a skeletal superstructure that each module is independently installed on. The modules themselves have their own substructure system designed to interact with the superstructure. The units are prefabricated in an off site facility, then brought to site to be installed and linked up with life systems & circulation. The modular units have unique typologies based on use, so that one can easily identify component of the tower for architectural reading and way finding. When the modules combine to create a complete Sea(O2) Scraper, a small city is the result.

In addition to the modules required for the living system (housing, government, energy, waste treatment, etc.), a key group of components is added to the system, thus giving the tower its name: Sea(O2) Scraper. The carbon dioxide 'scraper' consists of three components:

Air capture plants target CO2 intake to draw the CO2 out of the air using a combination of synthetic resins and algae bioreactors.

The CO2 is immediately transported to a pipeline that takes it down past the ocean floor to a trench reaching +/- 3000 meters below sea level. At this depth, there are approximately 300 standard atmospheres of pressure and CO2 exists in a liquid state with a mass that is greater than ocean water.

Once the CO2 reaches the depth and pressure required for liquid state, it is transferred from the pipeline to tank balloons, where the CO2 is subjected to the constant pressure. In this way the CO2 does not interact with the ocean water, thus avoiding potential ocean acidification, or disillusion of the CO2. Once in the balloons, the CO2 can be held indefinitely. If over time Earths’ systems are able to handle greater quantities of CO2, it will be released at a rate the systems are capable of handling.

 - Click Here - to check out the winners and honorable mentions of Evolo's 2012 Skyscraper Competition, and their wicked projects. I do hope they add the remaining entries to their site, as I would love to see them, all 714 of them!