Motion Capture

An entry in the 2012 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, the Automatic Tower is a skyscraper powered by the motion of its inhabitants. As people go about their day, whether moving to work or to the park or to the other side of their home, the tower takes the energy of the people's weight moving around and transfers it into energy, essentially taking the energy that we expend to move and giving it back to us in the form of electricity.

The tower is composed of dyads, each one a pair of pods balanced on their fulcrum like a seesaw. The pods are composed of living, working and recreational pods, so that as people go places they move the seesaws of the dyad, and thereby create motion that can be turned to energy. In addition, farms on the top of the top create energy from nothing, as plants grow from sun and rain and then transfer their energy to the tower as they move down for processing.