As their site explains, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the niche, non-profit organization that’s straight out of a Wes Anderson film, is “the world’s leading body in the field of tall buildings and the recognized source of information on tall buildings internationally.” Fittingly, their criteria is used to determine which building can lay claim to the title of tallest building in the world.
As we learned over at Kottke, the group has just released its annual roundup of the year’s best tall buildings. From an innovative tall building with computer-controlled sunscreens in Abu Dhabi to a naturally ventilated office building with a rooftop garden in Australia to a curvaceous tower nicknamed Marilyn Monroe in Mississauga, Canada, click through to check out the best vertically superior design in the world today. Tell us about your favorite tall building in the comments.
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Since 2006, eVolo Magazine has held an annual competition for innovative skyscraper design that asks young architects to create work that embraces “the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations,” as well as “studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution.” Since real world constraints like budgets and the actual construction process are a non-issue, the results are always interesting, and quite often, look like something straight out of a sci-fi novel. Click through to see which designs managed to win this year’s top honors, from a mountain-sized water cooler to a trash tower that generates enough electricity to help power the surrounding city.
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Now in its fifth year, eVolo magazine’s annual skyscraper competition recognizes outstanding ideas from young talent that will “change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.” Click through to get at good look at this year’s top three submissions, which include a Ferris wheel-inspired structure that filters polluted air; a flat tower that maximizes solar energy and collects rainwater while leaving a small footprint; and a project that turns the Hoover Dam into an inhabitable tower that “engages the falling water directly.”
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