Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Research Division
The CTBUH Research Division – with staff in both Chicago and at the IUAV University of Venice – provides support and advocacy for building research that promotes resilient and sustainable building development. It also assists researchers in their efforts to locate funding, information, technical expertise and objective review.  In addition to our direct efforts, the CTBUH also encourages others to make building research a priority by increasing funding and developing sensible public policies that advance the goals of making all buildings secure and environmentally responsible. In addition, the Research Division enjoys the support of the CTBUH Research, Academic & Postgraduate Working Group which was established in 2010, and the CTBUH Expert Peer Review Panel, established in 2014.

Additionally, each year the CTBUH's International Research Seed Funding initiative assists researchers in developing projects and ideas to a level that will allow it to secure more significant funding, in conjunction with the CTBUH, through an award of US$20,000. See details on the International Research Seed Funding.

For more information on the CTBUH Research Division, please contact:
Dario Trabucco, CTBUH Research Manager, at


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Active / Recently Completed Research Projects:

Study on Tall Building Damping Technologies
Project Start: May 2015
Anticipated Project Completion: November 2016
Funding Sponsor:
Bouygues Construction
Principal Investigator:
Dario Trabucco, CTBUH

The present research aims at creating a comprehensive publication summarizing the state-of-the-art utility of damping systems in tall buildings.

Study on the Properties of Composite Megacolumns
Project Started: April 2014
Anticipated Project Completion: April 2016
Funding Sponsor:
Principal Investigator:
Dario Trabucco, CTBUH

This project seeks to study the architectural and engineering properties of Composite Megacolumns, which are seeing an increasing use in tall buildings, especially in super and megatall buildings.

Lehigh Library Receives Grant for CTBUH Archives
Project Started: March 2014
Anticipated Project Completion: March 2016
Funding Sponsor: Mellon Foundation
Principal Investigator: Lehigh University

This project is to catalog Lehigh University's portion of the archives of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which was founded at Lehigh.

Sustainability Implications of Urban + Suburban Locations
Project Started: February 2014
Anticipated Project Completion: February 2016
Funding Sponsor:
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Antony Wood, CTBUH/IIT & Peng Du, CTBUH/IIT

The research study is aimed at understanding what factors really do contribute to “sustainability” in an urban / suburban context.

Building Façade Retrofit: A Database Of Completed Projects
Project Started: October 2014
Anticipated Project Completion: March 2015
Funding Sponsor:
ECADI , via CTBUH 2014 Research Seed Funding
Principal Investigator:
Prof. Douglas Noble,
University of Southern California School of Architecture

The 2014 Research Seed Funding project will study façade-design optimization projects undertaken on existing tall buildings to date.

Life Cycle of Tall Building Structural Systems
Project Started: January 2013
Anticipated Project Completion: January 2015
Funding Sponsor:
Principal Investigator: Dr. Antony Wood, CTBUH
and Dario Trabucco, CTBUH

This project is a multi-faceted research project conducting a life cycle analysis of various tall building structural systems.

New “Vertical Forest” (Bosco Verticale)
Project Started: June 2013
Project Completion: June 2014
Funding Sponsor:
Arup, via CTBUH 2013 Research Seed Funding
Principal Investigator: Dr. Elena Giacomello, IUAV

The 2013 International Seed Funding funds a study of the radical new “Vertical Forest” (Bosco Verticale); two 75- and 110-meter towers in Milan festooned with exterior vegetation on cantilevered platforms.

Completed Research Projects Archive