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
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

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.

Design Research Studio
Tu(r)ning29
2012, Dessau Institute of Architecture, Peter Ruge
 
For the past 5 years the vacant Kreisel Building (Spinning Top) has endured many plans for demolition and patiently awaited a renewed calling. The possibilities for this unique piece of the city require thorough reconsideration and the potential of environmentally sustainable methods for Tu(r)ning.

CTBUH Competition
CTBUH Annual International Tall Building Competition
2012, Competition Jury Chair, Chris Wilkinson

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
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
Hi-Rise, Lo-Carb: Chicago
2012, Illinois Institute of Technology, Professor Antony Wood
 
“Hi-Rise, Lo-Carb” presents a vision of a more sustainable Chicago. Illinois Institute of Technology architecture students reimagined six downtown sites, designing skyscrapers that address key issues for building a more livable city – a city that is not yet visible but hatching in the minds of architects and students.

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
Bioclimatic Tall Buildings
2011, King Saud University, Dr. Abdel Rahman Elbakheit
 
This studio emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach especially when it comes to designing with sustainably in mind. Tall buildings have great potential to achieve sustainability as well as to serve as monuments for communities and cities around the globe.