Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2017-2018 IIT-CTBUH Design Research Studio Students Present at CTBUH 2017 International Conference and Visit Sydney
October 28–November 3, 2017
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SYDNEY – As part of the design research studio themed “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050” taught at the College of Architecture, IIT, by Dr. Peng Du, IIT Visiting Assistant Professor and CTBUH Academic Coordinator, and Dr. Antony Wood, IIT Research Professor and CTBUH Executive Director, 12 students traveled to Sydney, Australia in October 2017 as part of the CTBUH 2017 International Conference, “Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure.” Funding for IIT students to conduct this trip was kindly provided by CTBUH and AECOM.

IIT student representatives Arlene Hayes and Ian Achong accept the 2017 CTBUH Student Traveling Design Research Studio Award at the CTBUH 2017 International Conference from Kriston Symons, End Market Director - Buildings & Places, at AECOM.

This field trip provided students with unprecedented opportunities to participate in lectures, workshops, networking receptions, and urban and tall building tours in a region that offers a global example of the competing pressures highlighted in this course – density vs. suburbanization; modernity vs. historical preservation; infrastructure vs. urban life; the high- vs. low-rise realms – with many examples of excellent urban planning, infrastructure, and tall building design, along with many examples that are inadequate.

Students present their work and receive critiques from AECOM leaders David Barnard, National Urban Design Lead, and James Grant, Design and Planning Practice Line Leader.
Additionally, students participated in a studio interim review meeting with global leaders at AECOM, David Barnard, National Urban Design Lead, and James Grant, Design and Planning Practice Line Leader, as a special session of the Conference coordinated by Prof. Du and Daniel Safarik, CTBUH Editor. Followed by a brief studio introduction and a summary of the studio’s progress, students presented their research and design proposals for future vertical cities in six different climate zones and terrains including 1) Arid / Desert, 2) Continental / Delta or Marsh, 3) Continental / Plain or Grasslands, 4) Mountainous / Highlands, 5) Ocean / Sea, and 6) Polar / Tundra, before receiving thoughtful critiques.
Students explore local history, culture, and landscape in Sydney and beyond.
Upon their return to United States, the students will further develop their design proposals. The final review is expected to be conducted at the Crown Hall, IIT, in early December, 2017.

As a two-semester-long Cloud Studio, Semester 1 is focused on addressing sustainability and resiliency in urban environments from the context of accelerating urbanism and climate change, utilizing research and experimental designs in order to recommend where future cities should be located and how they should be planned. Students will continue working during Semester 2 to develop their urban vision in more detail (i.e., at a community/block scale), and specifically to develop the design of one tall building or a cluster of tall buildings within the vision to an advanced level. AECOM will continue supporting the studio throughout the year through a variety of capacities, such as reviews, lectures, tutorials, etc.
The group poses for a photo at the main venue of the CTBUH 2017 International Conference located adjacent to Sydney’s Darling Harbour.