Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
“Network-3D” – Tall Buildings as Extensions
Of Urban Infrastructure and Vitality
2014, Tongji University, Zhendong Wang, Zhenyu Xie, David Malott & Peng Du
Primary Output

Network-3D:Tall Buildings as Extensions of Urban Infrastructure and Vitality

Research Report, 2014
159 pages

This report is the summary of a collaborative design studio that explored how tall buildings can best interact on a three-dimensional level with the surrounding urban infrastructure, while providing quality public space in a dense, built-up environment. The report is available for download here.  

See the Tongji University Studio Visit to New York & Chicago
See Studio Final Review
This was a collaborative design studio undertaken by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University, with assistance from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF). This collaborative design studio is intended to explore what the three-dimensionality of cities means for tall buildings and their ability to locate extremely dense development atop major urban infrastructure while also providing quality public space. Travelling studio kindly supported by:

The Network-3D project kicked off at KPF Headquarters in New York in November, 2014, when Tongji University professors and students took a week-long visit to New York City, which included a two-day design workshop at KPF headquarters, site studies, and tall building tours. After returning to China, Tongji students continued working on their design proposals for the project, developing five different themes: “Void Tower,” “Global Vertical Market,” “Vertical Terminal,” “Cable Transport in the Sky,” and “Net-Zero Mega-structure.”

Final reviews were held at the KPF Shanghai office on January 18th, 2015. Following the final review, work from the studio will be further developed and submitted to the Fourth Annual CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition. Finalists will be selected to present their schemes at the New York CTBUH 2015 International Conference and up to 30 semi-finalists will have their projects featured in a poster exhibition.

Void Tower
Li Beisen, Wei Chaohao, Zhou Yang, and Chen Yida

Public spaces are always sacrificed to gain higher density and intensity and existing public spaces are left separated. Out of a study on zoning and context of New York City, a proposal of re-zoning is brought forward, which is based on human activities above ground. Public spaces and substrates are lifted into the vertical dimension.

Global Vertical Market
Zhang Pu, Cheng Si, Zhao Yindian, and Li Yizhe

The vitality of New York City's small but diverse living is the richness of being the most cultural diversed metropolitan in the world. New Yorkers chase after diverse life while enjoying crowded and tiny space. Based on this thinking, this tower was designed to provide many products and cultural adaptations to meet demands of each ethnicity in New York.

Vertical Terminal
Li Ao, Liu Xiaoyu, Lu Yiyun, and Yang Zhiyun

There is already a limited accessibility to the airports in New York and the future growth of passengers flow will further add pressure to airport transportation and their infrastructure system. Aiming at solve these two problems, we hope to establish a new transport system directly from the airport to downtown Manhattan.

Cable Transport in the Sky
Xu Menghao, Mou Nasha, Zheng Pan, and Chen Xiaoyu

The vitality of New York remains near the ground and the space high up become the ends of the city. Inspired by the rail network represented by Grand Central, the proposed design's goal adds activity at the top of the city by placing new transportation infrastructure network high up in the sky using the support of the high-rises.

Net-Zero Mega-structure
Zhang Bohan, Zhang Cheng, Tan Yang, and Dai Yulong

This design was started by tracing back the relationship between New York City and Boswash with the Great Lakes. From this study a proposal to construct the sustainable MEGA-NET to recycle and reuse gray water and exchange energy with the environment was developed.