WT SmartCityAward 2017


GreenGru Airportscraper

Gerasimos Pavlidis

This skyscraper-tall airplane runway is aimed at providing convenience for those who live in cities where the airport is distant from the metropolitan center, or where traffic congestion makes it almost impossible to be on time for anything. The green portion refers to a photosynthesis-like process inside the shell that separates water into its components, hydrogen and oxygen, the former used to generate energy. The outside of the building is clad with flexible, polymer-based solar cells. The building also incorporates a turbine that spins around the building for even more power. The tower’s mast is made of carbon-reinforced steel. The building’s surface uses graphite, over this, a layer of carbon dioxide-absorbing polymer called zeolight takes up excess CO2 during the night, and releases it when the sun shines. Lastly, the top of this skyscraper/runway is an inner-city airport which uses fully automated, hybrid hydrogen-electric aircraft as commuter planes. Planes not in use are stored inside the buildings shell and raised to runway level via an elevator.


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