The 2020 crop includes plenty of imaginative ideas, including a manmade vertical park, a housing community for fishermen and a "healthcare skyscraper" to deal with disease outbreaks.
The 2020 edition of the eVolo 2020 Skyscraper Competition attracted 473 projects in all, each looking to push the boundaries in the way architects use technology, materials, aesthetics and spatial organization.
Taking out first place was Epidemic Babel, designed by China's D Lee, Gavin Shen and Weiyuan Xu. Conceived in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the tower consists of programmatic boxes catering to different healthcare needs that can be attached to the steel frame. The team prioritized simple construction and rapid response, mindful of the fast-moving nature of disease outbreaks and how they can overtax healthcare infrastructure.