Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

University of Nottingham
Nottingham, UK

The University of Nottingham tall building studio module was founded in 2002. The designs themselves have been published  globally, in the Urban Land Institute Journal, The Big Project, Crain’s Chicago and more.

In September 2009, the studio was expanded into a dedicated Masters Course and qualification – the MArch in Sustainable Tall Buildings, and was then accredited by the CTBUH. The course enjoys regular input from professionals representing Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Make Architects, BDSP and Grimshaw Architects, among others.

See below for a list of UoN faculty members who have led the tall building studio and a list of past studios with links to student work.

Faculty
David Nicholson-Cole
Philip Oldfield
Antony Wood


 

Design Research Studio
The Passivhaus Skyscraper
2012, University of Nottingham, Professor David Nicholson-Cole & Professor Philip Oldfield
 
Building on the 2011 studio of the same title, this studio challenges students to design a sustainable tall building in the Elephant & Castle district of London incorporating Passivhaus design principles.


 

Design Research Studio
Climate, Culture, Context: Global
2012, University of Nottingham, Professor David Nicholson-Cole & Professor Philip Oldfield
 
This studio aims to challenge a perscribed scenario, tasking students to design a tall building on a site in one of three cities – Abu Dhabi, New York, or Singapore. The goal of the studio is to respond,  to the unique climate, culture and context of their location.


 

Design Research Studio
Climate, Culture, Context: Global
2011, University of Nottingham, Professor David Nicholson-Cole & Professor Philip Oldfield
 
This annual studio aims to challenge students to design a tall building on a site in one of two cities – Abu Dhabi or Singapore. The goal of the studio is to respond,  to the unique climate, culture and context of their location.


 

Design Research Studio
The Passivhaus Skyscraper
2011, University of Nottingham, Professor David Nicholson-Cole & Professor Philip Oldfield
 
This studio aimed to investigate the opportunities and challenges in designing a Passivhaus compliant tall building in Lower Manhattan, New York, just a short distance from the new World Trade Center.


 

Design Research Studio
Climate, Culture, Context: Global
2010, University of Nottingham, Professor David Nicholson-Cole & Professor Philip Oldfield
 
The theme of this studio is centered on rejecting high-rise design as merely iconic sculptural form-finding, and instead creating tall buildings that respond to, the unique climate, culture and context of their location.


 

Design Research Studio
Vertical Communities: London
2010, University of Nottingham, Professor David Nicholson-Cole & Professor Philip Oldfield
 
This design research studio explores the concepts of community, lifestyle, interconnectivity and social sustainability in the field of tall buildings through individual towers linked by skybridges.


 

Design Research Studio
Vertical Communities: London
2009, University of Nottingham, Professor David Nicholson-Cole
 
This design research project combines two key themes of contemporary tall buildings: Sustainability and Vertical Community. Each project makes an attempt to foster certain aspects of urban social life.


 

Design Research Studio
Tall & Green: Canary Wharf
2008, University of Nottingham, Professor David Nicholson-Cole
 
The ‘Tall & Green’ project seeks to challenge the tall building standard model – the high-energy consuming, air-conditioned glass ‘box’ – and instead explores the potential for environmentally responsive skyscrapers.


 
Bioclimatic

Design Research Studio
The Bioclimatic Tower: London
2007, University of Nottingham, Professor David Nicholson-Cole & Professor Philip Oldfield
 
These projects seek to challenge the tall building standard model – the high-energy consuming, air-conditioned glass ‘box’ that exists in countries and sites around the world.


 
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Design Research Studio
The Anti-Isolationist Tower: London
2006, University of Nottingham, Professor Antony Wood
 
Drawing on the success of the ‘Pavements in the Sky’ project of the previous academic year, this project sets a similar challenge but now in the existing high-rise context of Canary Wharf.


 
Pavements

Design Research Studio
Pavements in the Sky: London
2005, University of Nottingham, Professor Antony Wood
 
The subject for this project is the creation of a series of skyscrapers on different sites across the City of London, connected by a network of ‘skybridges’.


 
Minerva

Design Research Studio
The Minerva Tower: London
2004, University of Nottingham, Professor Antony Wood
 
The subject for this project is a mixed-use tower in the City of London, at the St Boltolph's Street / Houndsditch junction. At the time, the site was being developed for a real tall building, the Minerva Tower.


 
Heron

Design Research Studio
The Heron Tower: London
2003, University of Nottingham, Professor Antony Wood
 
The subject for this project is a mixed-use tower, combining prestigious office headquarters with residential apartments and retail-leisure space in one building.