In the future, skyscrapers could double as air filters and biofuel generation plants.
30 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions comes from building construction. Can using trees instead of steel change that figure?
The 2,749-foot height of SkyCity is impressive, but the prefab construction, insulated modules and extreme density are making green building advocates swoon.
At 1,312 feet tall, Mumbai’s proposed Imperial Tower will be among the world’s tallest, but what may be most striking is its narrow width and wing-like shape to reduce turbulence.
An undulating 1,150-foot skyscraper design in Taiwan plans to embed thousands of wind turbines in its skin to generate all of its electrical energy and provide dynamic lighting.
A Swiss firm wants to change the negative image of flying robots by turning them into worker drones to build skyscrapers in a cheaper, more sustainable way.
The 64-story Diagonal Tower planned for Seoul, South Korea, includes several passive energy systems and will use 25 percent less structural steel than similarly sized buildings.
Some architects say wood is the sustainable structural material of future skyscrapers.
A 62-story tower under construction in Mumbai, India, will incorporate a solar thermal system to help produce hot water, abundant greenery and passive systems to help reduce energy demands.
The new 60-story Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza skyscraper uses a heliostat and a network of sun-catching exterior panels to draw in daylight and reduce energy costs.
Japan’s Taisei Corp. has come up with a “green demolition” method that essentially demolishes structures from the inside out, slowly chewing the building down to the ground, floor by floor.