Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050” Design Research Studio Final Review
December 1, 2017

See more about Illinois Institute of Technology Academic Studios

Traveling studio kindly supported by:

CHICAGO  – Friday, December 1, 2017 marked the final review of a semester of intense work for the students and tutors of “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050,” a collaborative design studio undertaken by the IIT College of Architecture, with assistance from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and AECOM. Taught by CTBUH Academic Coordinator and China Office Director Dr. Peng Du, IIT Visiting Assistant Professor, and CTBUH Executive Director Dr. Antony Wood, IIT Research Professor, the studio explored the sustainability and resiliency in urban environments within the context of accelerating urbanism and climate change, proposing new city locations and urban design. Students worked in six pairs to create a viability plan for cities in certain regions, pertaining to 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.

Images of the six projects, designed by groups of Illinois Institute of Technology architecture students. Themes of the projects were: (1) Arid / Desert; (2) Continental / Delta or Marsh; (3) Continental / Plain or Grasslands; (4) Mountainous / Highlands; (5) Ocean / Sea; and (6) Polar / Tundra.

Final reviews were held at Crown Hall on IIT campus. In addition to the two studio professors, the review jury also included Pamela Bellavita, Junior Urban Designer at SOM’s Chicago Office. After a brief introduction on the background of the studio, students presented their research and design proposals for future vertical cities in different terrains and climate zones before receiving critiques on their work. The jury reviewed each of the student projects and provided comments for further development of their designs.

The Continental / Plain or Grasslands group present the project. Students present their work and receive critiques from the jury.

As part of the two-semester Cloud Studio program at IIT, the first semester focused on addressing concerns on the global and urban scale regarding the long term sustainability of a megacity. Throughout the semester, students had opportunities to interact with design professionals on multiple occasions, including traveling to Sydney for the CTBUH 2017 International Conference. Students will continue working in pairs during the second semester to develop the urban vision in more detail at a community and block scale, and specifically to develop the design of a cluster of tall buildings within the vision to an advanced level, taking into consideration culture, climatic, and the physical aspects of the location and focusing on sustainable technologies and systems within the design proposals. AECOM will continue to support the studio throughout the year in a variety of capacities, such as reviews, lectures, tutorials, and building tours.

Reviewers and students pose with student models after the final review for a group photo in Crown Hall.