Stairway to Connective Equilurban - Evolo Skyscraper Competition 2017
Filed under Architecture, Designed with Architectural designer Queena Ler Mei Hui


Stairway to Equilurban is an inclined city that ramps up 4km of social inter-activities to bring city equilibrium in terms of social and environmental quality. By emphasizing 3 dimensional approaches, this proposal breaks the current grid-city urban configuration that is resulted from a rigid, 2 dimensional city speculations while suggesting a humanized skyscraper justifications. A gentle slope and stairways in 4.8 degree increases existing skyscrapers accessibility to public realm and it turns city negative spaces into communal spaces like market, landscape, agriculture and homeless shelter by juxtaposition. As an intervention to buildings in Manhattan grid city characterized by high transient human density, significant day-night density differences that a low-rise horizontal development cannot accommodate, vertical skyscraper that continues to fabricate spatial-social isolation, the inclination of skyscraper increases spatial exposure of existing neighbor towers to series of multi-level communal spaces and public places. Services and components of proposed skyscraper are humanized, for instances, an inclined travellator that encourages human interaction tendency is introduced. A gentle sloping gesture also forms a recreational lake and streams that compliments current concrete jungle in 3 dimensional approaches. Homeless shelter is positioned in area farther from existing buildings while a continuous agriculture serves to feed people with job opportunity and providing the city food in coexistent way. Imagined as a list of skyscraper program laid in an inclined manner, programs have new interactional potential and linear hybridization is possible without losing verticality quality. Indoor plantation, communal market, learning schools and agriculture are now part of the new interactional nodes for the residence and daily transient city user.