Architecture student wins international recognition
Friday, May 14th, 2010
Lawrence Tech architecture student Aaron Olko has been recognized in the finalist stage of the 2010 eVolo Skyscraper architectural competition, a professional event that draws hundreds of entries from more than 40 countries.
Olko’s competition entry, “Genetically Modified Skyscraper,” developed strategies of integrating genetically modified and hybrid organic products on an architectural scale and in urban environments. The project challenged traditional processes of construction and habitation as well as questioning approaches to sustainability.
The annual event, which began in 2006, seeks to identify and promote outstanding ideas that redefine the skyscraper concept through new technology, materials, program, aesthetics, and spatial organization.
In addition to the yearly competition, eVolo also produces a journal focused on technological advances, sustainability, and innovative design for the coming century.
Olko’s project and competition entry were pursued under the direction of Assistant Professor Philip Plowright in a senior architectural design studio in the College of Architecture and Design.