Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050
Professors: Antony Wood & Peng Du
Primary Output

Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Toward 2050

Research Report, 2018
134 pages

This report is the summary of a collaborative design studio that focused on sustainable vertical cities and tall buildings in different terrains and climate zones across the world. A detailed overview of the seven studio projects can be found in the report, which is available for download here.  

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“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050” was a collaborative design studio undertaken by the IIT College of Architecture, with assistance from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and Gensler. Taught by CTBUH Executive Director Dr. Antony Wood, IIT Research Professor, and CTBUH Academic Coordinator Dr. Peng Du, IIT Visiting Assistant 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 seven pairs to create a viability plan for cities in certain regions, pertaining to seven different climate zones and terrains including: (1) Arid / Desert; (2) Polar / Tundra; (3) Continental / Delta or Marsh; (4) Ocean / Sea; (5) Mountainous / Highlands; (6) Tropical / Rainforest; and (7) Continental / Plain or Grasslands.
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 a tall building presentation and technical tour with Gensler’s Chicago Office, as well as traveling to Shenzhen and Hong Kong for the CTBUH 2016 International Conference.

Semester two focused on a development of their urban visions at the community/block scale. Students developed a cluster of tall buildings considering culture, climate, and terrain, focusing on sustainable technologies and systems within their designs. Gensler supported semester two with weekly studio critiques, participation in midterm and final reviews, and help with specific areas of expertise by design professionals.
Images of the five projects, designed by groups of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) architecture students. Themes of the projects were: (1) Continental / Delta or Marsh; (2) Arid / Desert; (3) Continental / Plain or Grasslands; (4) Mountainous / Highlands; and (5) Tropical / Rainforest.
Student Participants:
Studio Participants: Andrew Armetta, Kristen Barrett, Will Carlson, Jared Davis, Sheree Emmanuel, Zahida Khan, Rachita Malhotra, Olemurewa Oguntade, Jeremy Scott, Shantanu Shukla, Arham Siddiqui, Clinson Poon, Jessica Potempa, Erik Valiulis, Haoyu Zhang, and Ernesto Zuniga.
Studio Milestones:

Fall 2016

August 24: Studio Kick Off
September 27:
Gensler Office Visit and Technical Tour
October 15-20: 
CTBUH International Conference 2016 in Shenzhen
October 18: Interim Studio Review
October 20-23
: CTBUH International Conference 2016 in Hong Kong
December 2:
Final Studio Review

Spring 2017

January 9: Studio Kick Off
February 22: Studio Critique with Hani Rashid
February 24:
Interim Studio Review
March 31: Studio Critique with Benjamin Romano
April 24:
Final Studio Review
May 3: Post-Review Celebration