Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards Net-Zero Carbon Skyscrapers
2018-2019
Professors: Peng Du & Antony Wood
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"Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards Net-Zero Carbon Skyscrapers” Is a collaborative design studio undertaken by the IIT College of Architectures, with assistance from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. Taught by CTBUH Academic Coordinator Dr. Peng Du, IIT Visiting Assistant Professor, and CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Antony Wood, IIT Research Professor, the studio will conduct research in order to develop a typology of net-zero skyscrapers that integrate the maximum number of relevant sustainable design strategies and technologies. The scope of “sustainability” will be understood not only in terms of carbon but in terms of the internal environment, building community, and the impact of the building on the physical, social, and cultural realms.
Students present their research during midterm reviews to an esteemed expert panel (from front to back): Yue Zhu, Technical Director SOM; Scott Duncan, Design Partner, SOM; CTBUH CEO Executive Director Antony Wood; Luke Leung, Director of Sustainable Engineering, SOM; and CTBUH Academic Coordinator Peng Du, IIT Visiting Assistant Professor.
As part of the two-semester Advanced Studio program at IIT, the first semester will embrace abstracted skyscraper designs based on significant research into sustainable design strategies, technologies, and proofs of concept. Throughout the semester, students will have the opportunity to interact with design professionals on multiple occasions.

Semester two will focus on further development of the students’ visions, including a week-long overseas field trip to China, where they will apply their learning to a specific, and real, site in an existing urban context. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP will continue to support the studio with weekly studio critiques, participation in midterms and final reviews, and help with specific areas of expertise by design professionals.
CTBUH Height and Data Committee Chair Scott Duncan, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, presents the Traveling Design Research Studio Award to Amjad Alkoud, Illinois Institute of Technology.
Student Participants:
Robert Beckman, Shruti Cherian, Ankhbayar Dalanjin, Deniz Demir, Joseph Dixom, Matuesz Dmowski, Jaime Gomez, Zhirui He, Efrain Juarez, Shengyou Ou, John Paul, Pablo Perez, Jesus Salgado, Jatuphat Sunsaneevithayaku, and Yanying Wu.
Studio Milestones:

Fall 2018

August 21: Studio Kick Off
October 15: Interim Studio Review