2015: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City

4th Annual CTBUH International Student Design Competition
October 27, 2015

The final rankings in the CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition, sponsored by Plaza Construction, were decided at the 2015 New York Conference.

1st Prize – London Vertical Campus Project by Tianyi Geng and Teng Li of the University of Nottingham

First place went to the London Vertical Campus Project by Tianyi Geng and Teng Li of the University of Nottingham. Their project seeks to integrate surrounding educational institutions into a vertical campus that responds to the complex and dense urban environment through improved pedestrian connections, elevated parkland, and diverse retail offerings.

Second Place was awarded to Nypa Palm Tower by Phuong Quan Trinh of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture. It seeks to improve sustainability in Vietnam’s most crowded city through a combination of passive and active strategies that take inspiration from local surroundings and cultural traditions.

2nd Prize – Nypa Palm Tower 3rd Prize – Rethinking Domestic Life 4th Prize – Scrap to Paper by Suresh Pandiyan 5th Prize   Invisible [Urban] Water Reservoir

Third place went to a project entitled Rethinking Domestic Life in Manhattan by Yutian Wang of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, which addresses the shortage of affordable housing in New York by advocating for a new block configuration that would increase FAR and add density without transferring costs to the resident.

The fourth place prize was awarded to Scrap to Paper by Suresh Pandiyan of Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, which seeks to improve living conditions in Mumbai’s largest slum by introducing high-rise housing made possible through the collection of shipping containers.

Finally, fifth place was awarded to Invisible [Urban] Water Reservoir by Shengliang (Daniel) Rong and Erin Huang of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Their project addresses the Taiwan water shortage by proposing a skyscraper that collects, purifies, and stores rainwater for consumption and energy creation.

Teng Li (middle) and Tianyi Geng (right), University of Nottingham receiving the first place prize from Christopher Mills, Senior Vice President, CCA/Plaza Construction
Shengliang (Daniel) Rong from IIT presenting his project Invisible [Urban] Water Reservoir

While the jury was impressed by the ideas and intent – particularly the social value – of the fourth and fifth place projects, ultimately they were swayed by the level of conceptual development seen in the three other projects.

The competition received 210 entries from 47 countries. An initial jury narrowed down the field to 22 semi-finalists. From there, five finalists were selected to attend the 2015 CTBUH International Tall Building Conference in New York City, where they presented their projects to the second-round jury during a special session.

Group Picture of second-round jury (left to right): Samuel Luckino, Vice President, Arquitectonica, Ark Latt, Senior Vice President, Plaza Construction Corporation, Chair Moshe Safdie, Founder, Safdie Architects, Karl Fender, Director, Fender Katsalidis Architects and Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

The second-round jury was chaired by Chair Moshe Safdie, Founder, Safdie Architects, and included Karl Fender, Director, Fender Katsalidis Architects; Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Simon Koster, Principal, JDS Development; Ark Latt, Senior Vice President, Plaza Construction Corporation; and Samuel Luckino, Vice President, Arquitectonica.