2018: Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism
7th Annual CTBUH International Student Design Competition
November 6, 2018
The winner and final rankings for the CTBUH International Student Design Competition, kindly sponsored by New World Development, were determined at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference. The annual competition centers around the theme of designing tall buildings as a future-oriented urban response to the challenges of unprecedented population growth and mass urbanization. 

1st – Shenyang Jianzhu University: Ethnic-Minority Sky Village by Yiming Guo, Ziyue Li, and Ziqiao Ma.

First place was awarded to a project by Yiming Guo, Ziyue Li, and Ziqiao Ma of the Shenyang Jianzhu University entitled: “Ethnic-Minority Sky Village.” This project aimed to provide a sustainable development model for ethnic minorities living near the Karst landforms in the Guizhou Province of China, improving the efficient utilization of greenspace and establishing a sophisticated water capture system that takes advantage of the local geography. The first-place team received a prize of $6,000 for their accomplishment.

Second place went to a project entitled “Inside Out + Outside In” by Yirong Li of UNSW Sydney in Australia. This project seeks to draw the activity and vibrancy of public spaces at the ground level into the sky, introducing a high-rise building broken down into distinct “vertical villages,” each containing its own public “ground floor.” Stairs and ramps wrap around the tower, linking with elevators to provide vertical access between floors, but also providing a buffer space between public and private functions. The second-place entry received a $5,000 prize.

2nd Prize – Inside Out + Outside In. 3rd Prize – Porocity: A Civic Vertical Campus. 4th Prize – Convertible Hospital. 5th Prize – Hyper City: New Type of Architecture Generated by Future Cities.

Third place was awarded to a project by Frank Chin from UNSW Sydney entitled “Porocity: A Civic Vertical Campus”. The project takes the concept of a vertical university and applies an emphasis on informal learning spaces, with an overall program that fosters “out of class” spaces for gathering, meeting, group study, and faculty interaction. A $4,000 prize was awarded for third place.

Fourth place went to a project by Chih-Ting Yeh with the Notional Taiwan University of Science and Technology, entitled “Convertible Hospital”. The concept envisions a modular vertical hospital that could be rapidly constructed and operated in war-torn regions of the world. Building modules could be added to the tower via helicopter or relocated to the ground temporarily. The fourth-place entry received a $3,000 prize.

Finally, fifth place was awarded to “Hyper City: New Type of Architecture Generated by Future Cities” by Xieran Cai and Leqi Lu from the University of Southern California. This project envisions a skyscraper that acts a centralizing element between all forms of urban public transportation, with public spaces emerging vertically along the building’s height to a create an urban park in the sky.  A $3,000 prize was awarded to the fifth-place team.

Raymond Chan Lai Man, Director & Deputy Chief Executive Officer of New World China Land Limited, awards the winning prize to Yiming Guo, presenting on behalf of Ziyue Li, Shenyang Jianzhu University, China.

After the first-round jury whittled down the pool of semi-finalists, the five finalists were selected to attend the Sydney portion of the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference, where they presented their projects to the second-round jury.
This year’s jury was chaired by Ross Wimer, Senior Vice President, AECOM and comprised William Baker, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jaron Lubin, Principal, Safdie Architects; James Parakh, Urban Design Manager, City of Toronto Planning Department; Swinal Samant, Senior Lecturer, National University of Singapore; and Jeff Tung, Senior Project Director, New World Development