Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Students Meet with Design Experts in London

October 2, 2017

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LONDON – The CTBUH research team flew to London with a group of students from the Iuav University of Venice for a two day meeting and training session with vertical transportation experts and architects involved in research “A Study in the Design Possibilities Enabled by Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators.”

The meeting was kindly hosted at the Architectural Association, and the students had the opportunity to listen to short lessons from Tony Sharp and Robin Cheesright of D2E International VT Consultants Ltd, who explained how the high-rise building has always been deeply influenced by the vertical transport system. A second brief lesson was given by Richard Peters, Peters Research Ltd., who explained to the students how to use Elevate™, one of the most popular simulation software for the design of transport systems inside buildings and providing useful information on the sppropriate sizing needed for buildings. Finally, Paolo Zilli and Pierandrea Angiusof Zaha Hadid Architects presented the projects they are conducting with the study class of the Architectural Association. After the short workshop from the experts, the students briefly presented their projects and discussed some of their design issues with the experts

Dario Trabucco, the CTBUH Research Manager, explaining  the objective of the student projects.

The students are developing projects that take advantage of a rope-less and non-vertical transport systems in the design of tall buildings. During the months prior to the meeting, the students determined the functional programs of their buildings and developed the intial schemes and models for theeir buildings, in order to recieve appropriate feedback from the experts.

The discussion mainly focused on the ways that the students decided to apply and use the system. The experts helped the students solving some issues by suggesting improvements to the overall management and arrangement of the system. Moreover, the projectswere also revised from a design point of view, in order to create the best possible balance between the architecture and building transportation, with a view to reach the most efficient and effective solution.

When the meeting ended, the experts expressed their excitement at the new possibilities that have been enabled in the student’s designs, thanks to this new transportation system. This meeting also highlighted some of the new issues and challenges that designers will have to face in the near future.

Caption: The presentation of the student projects started a proactive discussion between them and the experts involved.