Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Gensler Supports CTBUH-IIT Academic Tall Building Studio
August 2016

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CTBUH is pleased to announce that Gensler will be supporting the 2016–2017 CTBUH-IIT Tall Building Academic Studio via the “Gold + Design Research Sponsorship Package” at the CTBUH 2016 International Conference. The studio, a two-semester academic course taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology by CTBUH leaders Dr. Antony Wood, Executive Director, and Dr. Peng Du, Academic Coordinator. The studio in semester 1, titled “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050,” will focus on addressing sustainability and resiliency in urban environments from the context of accelerating urbanism and climate change, utilizing research and experimental designs in order to recommend where future cities should be located and how they should be planned. Students will continue working during semester 2 to develop the urban vision in more detail (i.e., at a community/block scale), and specifically to develop the design of one tall building within the vision to an advanced level.
As part of the studio, students will have the opportunity to travel to the Pearl River Delta region including Shenzhen and Hong Kong as part of the CTBUH 2016 International Conference “Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism.” This field trip provides unprecedented opportunities to participate in lectures, workshops, and urban and tall building tours in a region that offers a global example of the competing pressures highlighted in this course – massive growth, verticalization, and urbanization over a relatively short period of time, with many examples of good urban planning, infrastructure, and tall building design, along with many examples that are inadequate.
The 2016–2017 CTBUH-IIT Tall Building Academic Studio is generously supported by Gensler.
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As the company supporting the studio, Gensler will partner with students throughout the year and during the field trip, allowing students to engage with highly respected professionals within the tall building industry.