Pearl River Tower

Sustainable buildings

Pearl River Tower is a 69-story "zero-energy" skyscraper to be built in Guangdong, China by 2009.

A small zero energy home was built in Oklahoma in 2006 [1].

Dynamic architecture


The Rotating Tower is based around a concrete center core, with each floor spinning like an individual wind turbine. When all of the turbines are harnessed together the tower will not only be able to power itself, but up to ten other similarly sized buildings, too. Construction should start in Dubai in 2007.

Buildings and apartments will become morphable. And early example of "pre-high-tech morphing" can be seen in this video of Bangkok market.


Tensional integrity refers to the integrity of structures as being based on combining balanced tension and compression components. Houses build that way can distribute stress, change shape, react to changes in the environment (winds, snow, etc.) or inside (people moving, airflow and temperature changing).

Similar concept is used in "string transport" where stretched cables are embedded in suspended rails. will be cool

Other technologies


External sources

  • Hacking Matter (google for HackingMatterMultimediaEdition.pdf), Wil McCarthy. Chapter 7 - The Programmable City

See also


This is a factual article as opposed to fiction or scenario. It describes the current state of the field and explains expected future developments without speculation or fantasy.

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