Location: Manhattan, New York, NY, USA
Categories: Public Space, Public Buildings, Idea, Smart city, Skyscraper
Submission deadline: 07 May 2021, at 12:00 PM
Language: English
Organizers: Nonarchitecture



Summary: In this competition, we encourage participants to come up with visionary concepts for a green skyscraper – Only 3 drawings, absolute freedom of scale, and program dimensions. Participants are asked to propose conceptual ideas to bring biodiversity back to New York City, more specifically to Midtown Manhattan, through a futuristic green skyscraper. As the world becomes more urbanized, this competitions’ purpose is to emphasize the importance of providing a synergy between architecture and biodiversity. By imagining a world where nature and people coexist as much as possible, it’s up to the participant to come to a very high degree of interaction between these two entities in many possible ways.


Manhattan Wildscraper is one of the Non Architecture “Into the Wild” competitions. As designers, how can we bring biodiversity into architecture through the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations? What is a skyscraper in the 21st century? How can a skyscraper incorporate biodiversity? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of these mega-structures? Submission can address some of these questions. The proposal should envision a high-rise structure that embodies biodiversity elements in the most creative way. Manhattan Wildscraper aims to answer those questions with a particular focus on the water crisis as a result of a global water shortage.  The scale of intervention and program dimensions are not given, and they can be arranged by the participants to better suit their design.


Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually. The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it. Personal information of all the team members can be uploaded during the submission procedure of the final drawing.

  • Gain experience and recognition, request a participation certificate, and post it on your Linkedin or CV!
  • Design a new puzzle piece to be added to your Portfolio or Behance page, keep developing your assets!
  • Give space to your creativity by solving a given challenge, it is satisfying!
  • Get to know better your team or your own design-thinking skills, it is fun!

Read more and download the competition brief here!


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