Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Featured Design Research Projects

Click a link below to view a previously featured Design Research Project. The date in blue denotes when the project was featured via the CTBUH homepage or Newsletter. Click here to see all Design Research Projects.

Hydroponic High-Rise
Sian Hodgson, posted February 2014

This project aims to tackle both environmental and social sustainability through the design of a tall building that meets Passivhaus performance criteria while responding to the human needs of health and wellbeing.

Floating Community
Davy Ku, posted February 2014

It is not to design a single high-rise building, but to create a cluster of dwellings. The whole building mass is sub-divided into 7 building blocks that have morphological relations with the Westminster City Hall. All building blocks are linked together by hallways and bridges.

Cave Tower
Yu Lu, posted January 2014

Located on a site at Alexanderplatz, the building’s concept aims at inclusion and responds to the city’s international context. Spaces were inspired by the form of caves, their origin as the first forms of shelter, and the idea of the building’s ability to integrate into the fabric of Alexanderplatz the way a cave integrates into nature.

High Life
Philipp Langner, posted January 2014

In order to come up to the environmental pressure and at the same time to afford comfortable life to the habitants arises the idea of the combination of skyscrapers and gardens. Thus, one garden is attached with a three-storied house.

Post [Waste] Office
Archit Sawhney and Bryon Krebs, posted December 2013

The Post [Waste] Office transforms the vacant Old Chicago Main Post Office into a waste management center and cultural hub. The building combines recycling, energy generation, and community engagement.

Field Blades
Razvan Ghilic Micu and Jia Xin Chum, posted December 2013

The Field Blades project is aimed at reformulating the question of building tall, while intensifying the urban habitat and social dimension of residential developments. Lattice networks, not cul-de-sacs. Thin apartment blades, not bulky core-and-shell stacks.

Sayali Ghorpade, Pelin Gurkan, and Nirav Khandwala, posted November 2013

One of the primary advantages of suburban low-rise living is the ability for occupants to expand or adapt their dwelling as their situation changes. The Flexiscraper aims to challenge this scenario, creating a tall building that is characterised by adaptability and extendibility.

Bataan Oil Skyfarm
Nino Ricardo, posted November 2013

Recognizing the Jatropha Curcas plant as an alternative fuel source is a significant breakthrough. Using the skyscraper as a useful and effective building type will result to an efficient system of renewable oil source.

Solar Steps
Wezha Baiz and Udayan Jain, posted October 2013

Solar Steps aims to be a social destination for migrants, providing medium term accommodation for those new to the UK, including international students, refugees, and those who come to work temporarily.

Eco Roofscraper
Pelin Gurkan and Jue Shi, posted October 2013

This design takes on four agendas; water sustainability, solar protection, greenery and community. It consists of two towers both leaning out to create self-shading and reduce unwanted solar gain from the high Singaporean sun.