Titled “The Vertical Sustainable City,” the skyscraper concept is an expression of the opportunities and constraints urbanistic contexts present to architects. Juxtaposing the idea of a sprawling, urban development, the vertical shape of the tower is a direct response to minimizing the structure’s footprint. The ground floors house commercial areas framed within a vertical mall concept, with a Food Production area directly above where residents and visitors are treated to a vertical, urban farm. Traditionally, agriculture is trucked into cities from rural areas, but this tower posits a farm-to-table experience where food can be grown, harvested, and consumed on-site in a single, vertical structure. Having access to the vertical farm are residences in the upper half of the tower that feature access to drone landing pads. There, electric and solar-powered drones can dock at or near the elevated housing units – taking traffic off the congested street-level, and into the air.
Rising to the very top of the tower is the Office Area. This area is arranged around wind turbines generating energy, reducing the tower’s carbon footprint. The building uses water collection systems for the farming, living, and working programs. En masse, the Vertical Sustainable City also creates a holistic live/work/play environment for urbanites, effectively responding to the context and elements impacting modern-day cities.
This project earned an Honorable Mention in the 2019 eVolo Skyscraper Competition out of 478 total submissions.