PennDesign News

Posted March 24, 2016
  • The Hive, designed by Hadeel Ayed Mohammad, Yifeng Zhao, and Chengda Zhu

  • Biomorph, designed by Jayong Shim, Dailong Ma, Tai Feng

PennDesign Students Reach New Heights in eVolo Skyscraper Competition

Two PennDesign student teams have placed in eVolo Magazine's 2016 Skyscraper Competition. The Hive, designed by Hadeel Ayed Mohammad, Yifeng Zhao, and Chengda Zhu, received second place. The project imagines a vertical control terminal for advanced flying drones that will provide personal and commercial services to residents of New York City. Biomorph, designed by Jayong Shim, Dailong Ma, and Tai Feng, received an Honorable Mention. The project imagines atmospheres as a re-invention of typology for new ways of monetizing space. The students are all enrolled in PennDesign's Advanced Architectural Design program, directed by Professor of Architecture Ali Rahim.

The jury selected 3 winners and 21 honorable mentions from 489 projects received. The annual award was established in 2006 to recognize visionary ideas for building high- projects that make novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, and challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments. 

The members of the jury are: Matias del Campo (principal, SPAN), Thom Faulders (principal, Faulders Studio), Greg Lynn (principal, Greg Lynn Form), and Marcelo Spina (principal, PATTERNS).

The best 150 projects received in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 competitions will be published in EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS 3.