2016: Cities to Megacities
5th Annual CTBUH International Student Design Competition
October 18, 2016
The winner and final rankings for the CTBUH International Student Design Competition, sponsored by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), were determined at the 2016 CTBUH Conference in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. This year’s design competition revolved around the theme of the evolving role of tall buildings in adapting to the needs of specific cities and contexts.

1st Prize – Hydro-City MXDF by Lisa Marie Martinez of the University of Arizona and Gonzalo Casado of Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca

First place went to a project by Lisa Marie Martinez of the University of Arizona and Gonzalo Casado of Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca entitled “Hydro-City MXDF.” Their project seeks to address housing and water crises in Mexico City by implementing a socially and ecologically sustainable network of mixed-use tall buildings that would shelter communities living in unsafe locations. The team received a $3,000 prize for their achievement.

Second place was awarded to the “Bishopsgate Goodsyard:  High Density Urban Order in Central London” project by a team from Yale University led by Justin Oh and comprising Roberto Jenkins, Lisa Albaugh, Benjamin Bourgoin, and Jami Edindjiklian. Their project proposes to redevelop the Bishopsgate Goodsyard land in central London in order to introduce a new urban order in the city that emphasizes heterogeneity in design. The second place team received a $2,000 prize.

2nd Prize - Bishopsgate Goodsyard:  High Density Urban Order in Central London 3rd Prize - Micro District 1: Barrier of Future Urban Sprawl in Pyongyang 4th Prize - Wooden Residential High-Rise 5th Prize - Mantova Performing Arts Centre

Third place went to a project by Hyun Chul Youn of Washington University in St. Louis entitled “Micro District 1: Barrier of Future Urban Sprawl in Pyongyang,” which reconsiders the micro district concept in the context of Pyongyang by introducing a hybrid tower into the typology. A $1,000 prize was awarded to the third place winner.

Fourth place was awarded to Maximilian Janke and Tano Muffler of the University of Stuttgart for their project “Wooden Residential High-Rise,” which proposes a hybrid timber-concrete tower in the Vienna suburb of Aspern that will be a gateway to nearby Bratislava.

Finally, fifth place went to “Mantova Performing Arts Centre” by Adrian Labuat, Maximilien Rousset, and Aytan Javadova of Politecnico di Milano. Their project seeks to reactivate an underutilized neighborhood in Mantova, Italy through the introduction of a high-rise featuring a performance art center.

Lisa Marie Martinez (left) and Gonzalo Casado (right) receiving the first place prize from Marianne Kwok (middle), Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
Claes Caroli (right), Chairman, HSB Malmö, gives feedback on a project with Martin Henn (left), Partner, HENN
After an initial jury narrowed down the pool of entrants, the five finalists were selected to attend the Shenzhen portion of the 2016 CTBUH International Conference, where they presented their projects to the second-round jury during a special session.
Student Competition Jury During Deliberations (left to right): Martin Henn, Partner, HENN; Claes Caroli, Chairman, HSB Malmö; Paul Friedli, Head of Transit Management, Schindler; Swinal Samant, Senior Lecturer, National University of Singapore; and Jury Chair Robert Whitlock, Principal, KPF
This year’s jury was chaired by Robert Whitlock, Principal, KPF, and comprised Stefano Boeri, Founder/Partner, Stefano Boeri Architetti;Claes Caroli, Chairman, HSB Malmö; Paul Friedli, Head of Transit Management, Schindler; Martin Henn, Partner, HENN; and Swinal Samant, Senior Lecturer, National University of Singapore.