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Polar Skyscraper by Local Graduate


An amazing visionary for the future of our planet, I ran across Derek Pirozzi’s design to recover our arctic ice cap. A 2012 graduate of the University of South Florida’s School of Architecture in Tampa, he received first place in the 2013 Evolo International Skyscraper Competition for his entry “Polar Umbrella.”

Pirozzi describes his design as a “buoyant skyscraper that rebuilds the arctic ice caps by reducing the surface’s heat gain and freezing ocean water. In addition, the super-structure is equipped with a desalinization plant and solar powered research facilities as well as eco-tourist attractions.”

eVolo Magazine received 625 projects submitted from all continents and 83 different countries. The jury selected 3 winners and 24 honorable mentions based on creativity, ingenuity and understanding of dynamic and adaptive vertical communities.

You can read more about the competition and Pirozzi’s concept:



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