Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

2014-2015 Design Research Studio Kicked Off in New York
November 2014
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NEW YORK CITY “Network 3D – Tall Buildings as Extensions of Urban Infrastructure and Vitality,” a collaborative design studio undertaken by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University, with assistance from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), kicked off at KPF Headquarters in New York when Tongji University students took a week-long visit to New York City in November, which included design workshops at KPF, site studies, and tall building tours. This collaborative design studio is intended to explore what the three-dimensionality of cities means for tall buildings and their ability to locate extremely dense development atop major urban infrastructure while also providing quality public space.
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Following the successful completion of the 2013-2014 “Towards Zero Carbon” Design Research Studio in Chicago, this year’s studio moves to New York, which is one of the densest cities in the world, and also the host city for the CTBUH 2015 International Conference. The two-day design workshops were hosted and led by the KPF New York Office. In the day-one workshop at KPF, CTBUH Chairman David Malott gave the welcoming speech and delivered a lecture themed “Brave New World”, which demonstrated his design philosophy for tall buildings and challenged students to re-think sustainability in the built environment. Next, two KPF design directors gave presentations: Elie Gamburg spoke about the urban morphology of the New York high-rise, and Zhizhe Yu about core planning and design in tall buildings.
Project site tour led by KPF design director Elie Gamburg. KPF New York Office visit led by CTBUH Chairman David Malott.

After the day-one workshop, the students performed physical, historical, cultural, and environmental studies of the project site and the city, and continued to work on their projects under the supervision of professors from Tongji University.
Students presented their work, and received critiques from the advisors.
The students were divided into five groups, and each is required to develop a unique design strategy to deal with specific challenges. In the day-two workshop, CTBUH Researcher Peng Du gave a briefing of the overall agenda for this design research studio, and summarized its progress from the beginning. Students then presented their research findings and design concepts by group, and received critiques from the advisors.
David Malott (left) receives the Chicago Zero Carbon Design Studio publication from Prof. Zhendong Wang (right). Students visit the High Line project in New York.
The students also made their way to Chicago to study the tall building typology and visit the CTBUH headquarters. Upon their return to China, the students will further develop their design proposals. The final review is expected to be conducted at Tongji University in mid-January, 2015.

Funding for Tongji University students to visit New York was kindly provided by KPF, via the “Gold + Design Research Sponsorship Package” at the CTBUH Shanghai 2014 International Conference.
Tongji students visit the CTBUH offices.