Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

Academic / Student Work
The Council is connected with numerous higher-education institutes around the world. A selection of the tall building-related work completed at these institutions is available here, including architectural design studios, student dissertations and PhD's. See also the work of the CTBUH Research, Academic and Postgraduate Working Group.
Featured Design Research Projects
Design Research Professor Profiles
CTBUH Competitions
2011 Why Tall?
2012 Reimagining Tall: Considering Context, Sustainability & Efficiency
2014 Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
Collaborating Institutions - overview of all output from each institute
Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA)
Illinois Institute of Technology

IUAV University of Venice
King Saud University
University of Calgary
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Nottingham
Vertical Architecture Studio (VAST)

Other Institutions
Recent international studios

CTBUH Competition
CTBUH Annual International Tall Building Competition
2014, Competition Jury Chair, Mun Summ Wong

The goal of the competition is to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society. In light of global climate change, public awareness of urban sustainability has forced designers to rethink and reinvent the role of the high-rise building type.

Design Research Studio
Chicago Architecture Center - A Third Place
2014, Illinois Institute of Technology, Professor Thomas Hoepf

The project presents a number of design challenges concerning mixed‐use program, constricted site, density, and sustainability, as well as the problem of creating an identity for a new institution within the context of Chicago’s iconic skyline.

Design Workshop
VAA International Student Workshop & Competition
2014, IUAV University of Venice, Professor Luigi Croce, University of Udine

The participants in this workshop was challenged in a two-week workship to design a cluster of maximum 120-meter-tall towers for an abandoned industrial site on the border of the Venice lagoon.

Flood Plain Tower Design Research Studio
2014 Spring Semester Studio
2014, King Saud University, Dr. Abdel Rahman Elbakheit

The theme of this studio was to explore the iconography of tall buildings within the city landscape. Student chose from different technical systems to what suited them in their approach. Overall, the student needed to seek a device that can cultivate an Iconic Image in the city sky.

Design Research Studio
Towards Zero Carbon – Chicago DeCarbonization Plan
2013, Tongji University & Illinois Institute of Technology, Linxue Li, Zhendong Wang, Antony Wood & Peng Du

The participants developed zero-carbon plans for Wolf Point Chicago
with a consideration of 5 different aspects – water resources, waste recycling, vertical farms, low-carbon life, and wind energy.


Flood Plain Tower Design Research Studio
2013 Fall Semester Studio
2013, King Saud University, Dr. Abdel Rahman Elbakheit

The studio experimented with environmental strategies in tall buildings context. Students were briefed to the high potential of certain technologies and their effectiveness and/or advantages in tall buildings as opposed to other building types.

Design Research Studio
Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
2013, Illinois Institute of Technology, Antony Wood, Payam Bahrami & Dario Trabucco

The participants in “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism” received a challenge to respond to an apparently simple question: “What contributes to the sustainability of cities?”

Design Research Studio
Hi(gh) Alex
2013, Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA), Peter Ruge

The challenge of Hi(gh) Alex is to develop a program and design for a site adjacent to Alexanderplatz, reopening the debate of how this location can be best utilized as a hi(gh)light for new ideas and sustainable solutions in Berlin.

Design Research Studio
S(pace)maker
2012, Dessau Institute of Architecture, Peter Ruge
 
New ages of technology result in older infrastructure and built environments falling behind the pace of change. It is within these spaces, most in need of remaking, that architecture has an opportunity to fulfill its most basic and influential service as S(pace)maker.

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.