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[Archive] Self Sufficient Skyscraper

Self-Sufficient Skyscraper

At the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Terreform was part of a group of designers assembled to present in the American Pavilion under a similar theme of creating new ideas and solutions for public spaces in American cities—spaces that are charged with activism, controversy and often antagonism. 

Our proposition was for the recycling of a derelict skyscraper to become largely closed loop—the old idea of a vertical neighborhood. Housing 500 people, it would harmonize inputs and outputs—with some necessary reliance on external sources—to provide an environmentally autonomous building. Although this proposal provides an infrastructure of conviviality it does not seek to be an enclave: The social life of the city must span all its scales and places.


Design Team
Leslie A. Billhymer
Aleksandra Djurasovic
Christian Eusebio
Rachel Chaos
Trudy Giordano
Louise Christgau Levi
Francis Milloy
Auptha Surli-Dev

Michael Sorkin Studio
Ying Liu
Luoyi Yin

Project Manager
Makoto Okazaki

Project Leader
Michael Sorkin