Past International Research Seed Funding Winners and Projects

2022 International Research Seed Funding Winner

2023 International Research Seed Funding

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Architectural Harmony in Chilly Times: Exploring the Thermal Comfort and Heating Energy Demand Trends in Non-Uniform Twin Tower Skyscrapers 

Principal Investigator: Matthew Adams, University of Toronto Mississauga

Objective: Explore the Thermal Comfort and Heating Energy Demand Trends in Non-Uniform Twin Tower Skyscrapers

Research project to be completed in May 2024.

 

2021 International Research Seed Funding Winner

2022 International Research Seed Funding

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CEMUH: Carbon Emission Models for Urban Habitats in High Density Neighborhood 

Principal Investigator: Rahman Azari, Pennsylvania State University

Objective: Develop a hybrid modeling framework consisting of bottom-up and top-down approaches to assess urban embodied and operational carbon in high-density urban environments, focusing on Manhattan, New York City, as a case study.

Research project to be completed in January 2024.

2020 International Research Seed Funding Winner

2021 International Research Seed Funding

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Children's Preferences for Biophilic Design in Vertical Schools  

Principal Investigator: Fatemeh Aminpour, University of New South Wales

Objective: Explore the nature of spaces preferred by children in vertical schools and used for their self-directed activities.

Read the resulting research paper.

 

 

2019 International Research Seed Funding winner Sofia Dermisi.

2020 International Research Seed Funding

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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.

Read the resulting research paper.

 

 

Birds eye view of a city.

2019 International Research Seed Funding

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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.

Read the resulting research paper.

image of a skyscraper on fire

2018 International Research Seed Funding

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Tall Buildings' Lower Public Spaces: Impact on Health and Behavior

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ye Yu, Tongji University

Objective: 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 resulting research paper.

 

 

image of cars on a highway with heavy smog

2017 International Research Seed Funding

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Façade Fire Incidents in Tall Buildings

Principal Investigator: Michael Spearpoint, Olsson Fire & Risk

Objective: 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 resulting research paper.

 

image of a skyscraper on fire

2016 International Research Seed Funding

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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 resulting research paper.

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2015 International Research Seed Funding

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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.

Read the resulting research report.

image of a skyscraper on fire

2014 International Research Seed Funding

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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 resulting research paper.


image of a skyscraper on fire

2013 International Research Seed Funding

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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.

Read the resulting research report.

image of cars on a highway with heavy smog

2012 International Research Seed Funding

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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 resulting research paper.