Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

Research Division

The CTBUH Research Division, which consists of research staff at both the CTBUH Headquarters in Chicago and the CTBUH Research Office at IUAV University of Venice, undertakes research into all aspects of tall buildings and sustainable cities. With a dedicated team of experienced research professionals and a vast network of members spanning all specializations in the industry, the Research Division drives critical investigations with profound impacts for the typology. It also assists researchers in their efforts to locate funding, information, technical expertise, and objective peer review.

See the typical process for a CTBUH Research Project here.

In addition, the Research Division is supported by the following initiatives:
              CTBUH Annual Research Seed Funding
              CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee
              CTBUH Research, Academic & Postgraduate Working Group
              CTBUH Student Research Competition

For queries on the CTBUH Research Division, or to discuss a potential project, contact:
Dario Trabucco, CTBUH Research Manager, at
research@ctbuh.org

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Current Research Projects:

Cyclone-Glazing and Façade Resilience for the Asia-Pacific Region
Project Started: October 2016
Anticipated Project Completion: October 2018
Funding Sponsor:
Trosifol
Principal Investigators:
Dario Trabucco, CTBUH; Antony Wood, CTBUH; and Ray Nakada, Trosifol

This research will explore the norms and standards of the major tall building markets within the Asia-Pacific region and will propose a new “standard” for the design of typhoon-resistant façades.

Design Possibilities Enabled by Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators
Project Started: September 2016
Anticipated Project Completion: September 2018
Funding Sponsor:
thyssenkrupp AG
Principal Investigators:
Dario Trabucco, CTBUH and Antony Wood, CTBUH

The research will investigate how technological innovation in elevators, specifically rope-less non-vertical cabins, could impact the design outcomes of tall buildings and cities.

Vertical Variations in Indoor Exposures to Outdoor Pollutants in Tall Buildings
Project Started: October 2016
Anticipated Project Completion: October 2017
Funding Sponsor:
Taipei Financial Center Corp., via CTBUH 2016 Research Seed Funding
Principal Investigator:
Brent Stephens, Illinois Institute of Technology

This research will
serve to characterize the impacts of building height on human exposures to outdoor pollutants.

Vertical Futures: Technologies to Shape our Cities
Project Started: November 2015
Anticipated Project Completion: October 2016
Funding Sponsor:
Turner Construction via the Henry C. Turner Prize
Principal Investigator:
David Malott, CTBUH Chairman; Principal at KPF

This research will conduct an audit of the cutting-edge technologies across all fields that contribute to tall buildings and future cities.

Green Living Technologies: What is Missing in the International Standards?
Project Started: February 2016
Anticipated Project Completion: November 2016
Funding Sponsor:
Underwriters Laboratories
Principal Investigator:
Dario Trabucco, CTBUH

This research will define a set of development guidelines for comprehensive standards on green living technologies, both for roofs and façades.

Study on Tall Building Damping Technologies
Project Started: 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.

Sustainability Implications of Urban + Suburban Locations
Project Started: February 2014
Anticipated Project Completion: February 2016
Funding Sponsor:
CTBUH
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.

Study on the Properties of Composite Megacolumns
Project Started: April 2014
Anticipated Project Completion: April 2016
Funding Sponsor:
ArcelorMittal
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.

Determinants of Skyscraper Heights and Completion Rates
Project Started: October 2015
Anticipated Project Completion: October 2016
Funding Sponsor:
Sun Hung Kai Properties, via CTBUH 2015 Research Seed Funding
Principal Investigator:
Jason Barr, Rutgers University


The study will run a statistical analyses to investigate what factors contribute to development across 62 Chinese cities from 1978 to 2014.

Recently Completed Research Projects:

Life Cycle of Tall Building Structural Systems
Project Started: January 2013
Project Completed: January 2015
Funding Sponsor:
ArcelorMittal
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.

Building Façade Retrofit: A Database Of Completed Projects
Project Started: October 2014
Project Completed: 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 studied façade-design optimization projects undertaken on existing tall buildings to date.

New “Vertical Forest” (Bosco Verticale)
Project Started: June 2013
Project Completed: 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