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What will cities be like in the future? 

Ultramodern buildings cut by cars and buses that fly, robots that perform the domestic tasks, water 100% reused. 

Will we live like this in 30 years? 

Several breakthroughs for a distant future are already being tested in several cities, which function as laboratories of good ideas to replicate. A set of technologies developed by large multinationals has helped cities to become smarter, with efficient and less polluting transportation, green buildings and renewable energy. Half the population of the planet, which has just reached the mark of 7.6 billion people, lives in urban areas. It is estimated that by 2050 about 70% of the population will live in cities, which represents an increase of 1.4 million people per week. 

This growth will cause a huge shift in cities and the expectation of citizens about the quality of services such as health, transportation, education, and emergency management,” said Guruduth Banavar, IBM vice president and chief technology officer for the public sector.

The impact on the environment is already enormous. 

The 3.5 billion urban inhabitants consume 75% of available energy and concentrate 80% of greenhouse gas emissions. 

Megacities are responsible for much of consumption and pose significant challenges to governments and their inhabitants. 

At the same time that they attract business and millionaires, big cities demand attention to climate change, urban mobility and rising levels of social inequality. 

Mega-Cities with more than 10 million inhabitants are growing in number. 

Sustainable urbanization is the key to successful development.




Something big 

Something huge 











Theme: city building



The challenge of this edition is to think of a building that responds to the cities challenges in the future. Optimizing the occupation of the soil becomes essential to face the new challenges of the cities with the population increasement. You should also consider the technological revolution and the impact it will have on transportation and communication within cities. The buildings of the future will tend to be small towns themselves. 



-Housing Population: 5000 inhabitants ( you are free to distribute for different typologies and adding more ) 

-Commerce + Services - (you should consider a common area in the building that contains trade and services such as supermarkets, shops, offices, etc.) 

-The building must adopt the best practices of sustainability and energy efficiency. 

-There are no limits to the height of the building. 

-Areas - not defined 

-Acess: Land and air 

-other ares that you consider. 




1st Place
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Team: Hao Zhong, Shuge Du, Tingyu Duan

City: Nantong

Country: China

2nd Place
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Team: Monika Kalinowska, Denys Karandiuk

City: Vienna

Country: Austria

3rd Place
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Team: Yi Yang Chai, Hui Yi Cho Sharon

City: Seri Kembangan

Country: Malaysia

Honorable mentions
Honorable Mentions
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Team: Wanjiao Chen, Lin Li

City: Brooklyn

Country: United States

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Team: Vamsi Krishna Vemuri, Madhumathi Shankar, Uttam Solanki, Kalai Vanan

City: Frankfurt 

Country: Germany

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Team: Yuan Zhou, Yifeng Guo, Jiaqi Ji

City: Shihezi

Country: China

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Team: Wanjing Peng, Qikai Li, Zhengyou Chen, Yuhang Tao, Yulin Zhang

City: Ningbo

Country: China

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Team: Ondrej Slunecko

City: Aarhus V

Country: Denmark

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Team: Gong Zhichen, Wu Tianrong, He Congying, He Yingzhi

City: Wuhan

Country: China

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Team: Ferdinand Klopfer

City: Vienna

Country: Austria

Final Comments


Final comments to the winning proposals  - 24H competition 29th edition – hypermega



" The competition allows for students and young professionals to explore the possibilities of architecture by making them become a part of the solution. This particular brief challenges the participants to look beyond traditional design and construction methods and encourages designers to think on a global scale. " Katherine Guimapang, arch.


1st PLACE - ID000880:

"United Tower applies ideological concepts and ideas from several utopias combined with architectural examples of the XX century in a contemporary way under a programatic scheme that tries to respond to the future demands of the city building." Susana Ventura, arch.  

"Departing from the problematic of the increase in population, the design offers a neighborhood in the form of a series of towers which accommodate housing units and share common activities in between them." Duygu Tuntas, arch.

"Very interesting proposal, in terms of ideal future city, and global architecture possibilities, in different programatic demands, and typological relations." Alexandre Marques Pereira, arch.

"Versatility is one of the strengths, where the implantation of one of these structures can arise in the most diverse places. Adaptability with existing buildings makes the solution suitable for any existing city." Rui Oliveira, arch

"A wonderful blend of innovation and solutions to addressing alternative possibilities for growing urban areas. United Towers, provides the opportunity to explore how rapidly developing areas can thrive with the changing environment. Their Growth Mode concept provides an interesting approach to creating a sustainable energy system that allows for everyone to thrive from. The team has succsessfully addressed areas of sustainability and how they can be integrated into the structural design of the tower." Katherine Guimapang, arch.



2nd PLACE - ID000200:

"Protocell city tries to incorporate in its design and development some of the possible solutions to deal with the problems that are caused in great part by the building industry. It is at the same time a critique and a solution supported by the advanced studies from MIT." Susana Ventura, arch.  

"The project proposes a vertical dwelling model in an urban context. It responds to the design problem by employing an adaptive-system approach that is open for alterations based on the change in the number of inhabitants and future needs of the society. The visualization of the design idea is very successful with its vibrant graphics." Duygu Tuntas, arch.

"Intelligent proposal with a very high degree of flexibility that takes advantage of energy efficiency research. Interesting modular system." Rui Oliveira, arch

"The team of Protocell City design an visually intriguing project that appropriately address the current CO2 pollution issue the world faces today with material exploration. By combining science, technology and design, Protocell City beautifully uses pollution as the material. Transforming the problem into the solution, the designers of Protocell City think beyond regular design approaches to create a proposal that emphasizes on design and construction. " Katherine Guimapang, arch.


3nd PLACE - ID000430:

"The proposal envisions an application for a technology that will have a strong impact in the future of building as it establishes an entire system from “self-print depot” to “a future ecosystem” as well." Susana Ventura, arch.   

"The project utilizes advances in digital fabrication technologies. It proposes vertical communities within 3D printed towers. Although the design idea is promising with its basic and minimal respond to the question of the competition, the proposal lacks programmatic and spatial diversity and differentiation.Duygu Tuntas, arch.

"A futuristic but simultaneously realistic idea where constructive techniques are within our reach. Coexistence goes back to science fiction scenarios where the hope of returning to origins is present." Rui Oliveira, arch

"Self - Print Tower creates an interested approach to urban design and communities with their “Phygital” growth systems for the future. Using and exploring 3D print technology, the Self - Print Tower provides a glimpse as to how the possibilities of 3D print technology can be pushed. The team were not afraid to challenge the concept of materiality and the opportunities of a large scale digital fabricated tower." Katherine Guimapang, arch.




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