Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH 2018 Research Seed Funding Draws Diverse Research Proposals from 13 Countries
June 11, 2018
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The CTBUH’s seventh Research Seed Funding Initiative has received 35 proposals from applicants from research institutions, universities, and private companies worldwide.

This year, the research Seed Funding program is kindly sponsored by Sun Hung Kai Properties, through the CTBUH 2018 International Conference Gold + Research Seed Funding Sponsorship Package.

Similar to previous years, CTBUH will award $20,000 to assist winning researchers in the development of projects, with a view to securing additional, more significant, funding in conjunction with the Council.

2018 Funding Sponsor

The winner of the grant will be chosen through a two-stage judging process by the CTBUH Peer Review Committee and representatives from Sun Hung Kai Properties, the program sponsor. The final decision will be communicated to the winning team on 27 August 2018. As an added incentive, the principal investigator of the winning research team will be recognized at the CTBUH 2018 Conference to be held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 20 to 25 October 2018.

This year’s applicants include researchers from universities and research institutions located in the USA, UK, China, Australia, and various countries across Europe, as well as several internationally-renowned architecture, engineering, and industrial firms.

The high-quality proposals that have been submitted reflect the vast range of disciplines involved in the development of tall buildings, including: urbanism, green technologies, seismic and wind design, evacuation, cultural effect/impact, and more.

The CTBUH 2018 International Research Seed Funding Initiative remains a fundamental linchpin in the advancement of not only CTBUH’s Research Division, but tall building research in general. Ultimately, the results of the awarded research project will be published as part of the CTBUH Research Report series.

Here is the full list of applicants for the Research Seed Funding Initiative:

Institution: Title: Country:
Aalto University Nolli Revisited: Platform Economy for Housing Solutions: Urban Livability and Mixed Use Finland
American University in Cairo A highly sensitive carbon nanotube-based heat sensor for the early detection of fires in buildings Egypt
Case Western Reserve University Fire Toxicity of Structural Materials in Tall Buildings United States
CESSMA Laboratory - Université Paris Diderot - Université Sorbonne Paris Cité Above the bricks and the bullets – socio-spatial issues of high rise integration in a historic urban district facing chronic violence France
China Architecture Design Group Life Cycle Assessment on High-rise Residential Buildings in China and Database System Establishment China
Chongqing University Can urine help power high-rise buildings? China
Dalian Universtity of Technology The Design and research of Low-tech Ecological High-Density High-rise Residence Based on Innovated Space Structure China
Delft University of Technology Towers of Vanity or Rationality? Explaining the Global Distribution of Tall Buildings Netherlands
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Optimal energy performance-based design of tall residential buildings using evolutionary genetic algorithm China
ILEK, University of Stuttgart High-rise or Low-rise: A Study on Resource Consumption and Material Flows in the Urban Environment Germany
Illinois Institute of Technology Tall and Trash: Materials and Waste Management in the Life Cycle of High Rise Buildings United States
Illinois Institute of Technology Organic Solar Futuress United States
Inforceproject "A Human Being as New Sky and New Earth" - the global concept of transhumanism from the Renaissance to the High-Tech Russian Federation
King Saud University Optimized Aerofoils for wind energy integration into tall buildings Saudi Arabia
La Trobe University Vulnerability Assessment Methodology for Glass Façades of Buildings Subject to Earthquake Actions Australia
LERA Consulting Structural Engineers Machine Learning Paradigms in Performance-based Design of Tall Buildings under Multi-hazard Environments United States
New York University Quantification of Human Restorativeness in Tall Building Environments United States
Nazarbayev University Application of Double Skin Concrete-Filled Tube to Energy Pile in Building Structures Kazakhstan
Quadrangle Architects Limited Improving Energy Performance and Occupant Comfort in Tall Residential Buildings Canada
Real Estate & Construction Centre / Academy Socio-Technological-Commercial Challenges in Tall Buildings Asset Management Singapore
Syracuse University Adaptive ETFE Skin for Tall Buildings United States
The University of Sydney Structural-Functional Optimization on Synthesizing Spatial Configuration In Tall Building Australia
Tongji University Tall buildings as urban habitats: measuring lower public space's impacts on behavior and health China
Tongji University Global Skyscraper Business Network in the Past Century: Characteristics and Trajectories China
UC Berkeley Evaluation of Performance Based Design Criteria for Core-Wall Tall Buildings Applying FEMA P58 Methodology United States
University Kuala Lumpur Using Augmented Reality to Visualize the Exchange 106 Tower Malaysia
University of Alabama The design automation of high-rise residential design for feasibility study United States
University of Florida Next-generation autonomous water-less technology for keeping building façade clean United States
University of Melbourne A comprehensive technical database on modular high-rise buildings: current best practice and future trends Australia
University of Melbourne Liveability at height: consumers’ willingness to pay Australia
University of Michigan Performance of steel-concrete composite buildings under traveling fire exposure United States
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Microalgae Facade as Urban Infrastructure for Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, and Air Quality United States
University of Oregon Green Double skin Facade for indoor environment quality improvement United States
Washington State University Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls with Replaceable Energy Dissipaters for Earthquake Damage Mitigation United States
Wichita State University Tall Building Funneling Structures for Improved Wind Energy Systems United States