CTBUH International Research Seed Funding

 

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2021 International Research Seed Funding grant to Dr. Fatemeh Aminpour, Associate Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia.

 

Dr. Aminpour has won a grant of $15,000, kindly sponsored by Arup, to explore the nature of spaces preferred by children in vertical schools and used for their self-directed activities, but not necessarily considered in advance by designers for the purpose of the activities that take place in them, nor are they valued by school administrators. The research also aims to investigate the problems children face in vertical schools that can be regulated by physical environment design. Using a socio-ecological framework, this participatory qualitative study will identify the multiple environmental characteristics of child-friendly vertical schools. These environments are critical for children’s self-directed activities, through which they develop executive functioning and a sense of belonging. The findings will inform school design and school policy of the nature of these environments that should be valued in vertical schools.

 

The CTBUH 2021 International Research Seed Funding Initiative is a key aspect of the advancement of the CTBUH’s Research Division. The initiative was created to assist researchers in developing projects and ideas to a level that can secure more significant funding, in the form of collaborations and joint proposals in conjunction with the CTBUH.

 

 

Key Dates

  • 12 October 2021: Call for Submissions
  • 10 December 2021: Submissions due 
  • December 2021 – February 2022: Jury Deliberates
  • 17 March 2022: Winning Team Announced
  • March 2022 – September 2022 Research Conducted
 

 

 

Selection Committee & Criteria

The evaluation of proposals are undertaken by the CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, with guidance from the funding sponsor. The committee reflects a multi-disciplinary group of tall building/urban experts from around the world, with established research and publication records, as well as tall building experience in varying fields. After a first-round evaluation by the Expert Peer Review Committee, the top five proposals are then reviewed by a jury representing the Seed Funding Sponsor and CTBUH representatives to determine the winner. The CTBUH reserves the right to reject all applications and grant no awards. 


submission requirements / criteria / procedures

Full details of the Research Seed Funding initiative, including submission requirements, criteria, procedures, etc. can be found in the Award Brief document.

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Past Research Seed Funding Projects

 

2019 International Research Seed Funding winner Sofia Dermisi.

2020 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: CITIC Heye Investment Co., Ltd.

 

Building Above Our Cities: Mass Timber Construction Creating Sustainable and Socially-Connected Communities

Principal Investigator: Paul Kremer, Deakin University

 

Objective: Explore how mass timber vertical extensions can work with bridging connections, at height, to form interconnected communities.

 

Research project to be completed August 2022.

2019 International Research Seed Funding winner Sofia Dermisi.

2019 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: CTBUH

 

Tall Mixed-use Building Real Estate, Energy System,
and Solar Photovoltaic Performance

Principal Investigator: Sofia Dermisi, University of Washington

 

Objective: Assess the ways in which energy-efficient systems and sustainable energy supplies can address the unique demands of tall mixed-use building programs.

 

Research project completed November 2020; Research paper to be published in CTBUH Journal.

 

  

Birds eye view of a city.

2018 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
 
Tall Buildings' Lower Public Spaces: Impact on Health and Behavior

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ye Yu, Tongji University

 

Objective: To research the health and social impacts of public spaces around tall buildings, with the goal of identifying urban design strategies that enable healthy lifestyles.

 

Read the Research Paper

 

image of a skyscraper on fire

2017 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited

 

Façade Fire Incidents in Tall Buildings

Principal Investigator: Michael Spearpoint, Olsson Fire & Risk
 

Objective: To develop a database of high-rise fires that could be applied to the field of machine-learning, which may lead to new and innovative fire solutions.

 

Read the Research Paper

 

 

  

image of cars on a highway with heavy smog

2016 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Taipei Financial Center Corporation

 

How Do Outdoor Pollutant Concentrations Vary Along the Height of  Tall Building?

Principal Investigator: Brent Stephens, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)


Objective: Measure the variations in pollution levels along the height of a supertall building, considering floor height, wind speed and wind direction as factors.

 

Read the Research Paper
image of a skyscraper on fire

2015 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited

 

Skyscrapers and Skylines: The Case of China

Principal Investigator: Jason Barr, Rutgers University
 

Objective: Conduct research on the determinants of skyscraper heights and completion rates across 62 Chinese cities from 1978 to 2014, to determine which factors contribute to development.

 

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image of cars on a highway with heavy smog

2014 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: East China Architectural Design & Research Institute

 

Building Façade Retrofit: A Database of Completed Projects

Principal Investigator: Andrea Martinez and Mic Patterson, University of Southern California


Objective: Conduct a study and build a database of existing façade-design optimization projects undertaken on tall buildings to date.

 

Read the Research Paper
image of a skyscraper on fire

2013 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Arup

 

Vertical Greenery: Evaluating the High-Rise Vegetation of the Bosco Verticale, Milan

Principal Investigator: Dr. Elena Giacomello, Iuav University of Venice
 

Objective: Examine all aspects of the design and construction, as well as the ongoing status of the extensive plantings, on the “Vertical Forest” tower in Milan, evaluating the effectiveness of the plants as part of the building envelope.

 

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image of cars on a highway with heavy smog

2012 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: AECOM

 

Designing Tall Buildings to Promote Physical Activity in China

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kristen Day, Polytechnic Institute, New York University


Objective: Study the impact of tall building developments on physical activity in China, and provide guidance for the design of tall buildings and districts that can positively improve health in China’s rapidly growing cities.

 

Read the Research Paper