Postdiluvian Miami

The eVolo Magazine’s 2011 Skyscraper Competition had the purpose to redefine what we understand as a skyscraper and initiate a new architectural discourse involving a level of environmental responsibility that could ultimately improve our way of life.

In Postdiluvian Miami, branch-like structures stretch in response to the sun path or the direction of prevailing winds and begin to shape the urban site. The branches latch on to a “hive”, the prototype for residential units. The hive itself is divided into separate ellipses connected by a vertical datum, in a sort of vertical community arrangement. Inspired by the Portuguese-man-of-war, the ellipses are built individually as the population grows and when the hive reaches its limitations, it multiplies by accretion and parasitic growth throughout the branches. The branches produce three types of energy: food, solar and wind. They are designed to always produce 10% more energy than the 20 megawatts a year it is estimated to consume. This correlation extends to: more hives = more branches = more energy produced. Whatever the future brings Postdiluvian Miami is secure.