The 9th CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition concluded on 14 October 2020, with live judging of the final five finalists selected from 250 entries. The First Place entry was “A Critical Approach to Vertical Graveyards,” by Nikita Klimenko, Yale University and Nikita Shpakov, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics.
In Tokyo, high real estate prices have complicated traditional approaches to honoring the dead. This team envisioned a high-rise project that would be centrally located and modern, yet hospitable to burial customs and provide spaces for quietude, reflection, and privacy.
A total of $4,500 in prizes was distributed to the five finalists, including complimentary virtual registrations to CTBUH 2020 Post-Crisis City Conference that occurred on 17 November 2020.
The Council would like to thank the final jurors, who gave their time to this important initiative:
Jury Chair: Helen Lochhead, Dean, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Craig Gibbons, Brisbane Buildings Group Leader, Arup, Singapore
Leah Lang, City Architect, City of Gold Coast, Gold Coast
Viviana Muscettola, Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects, London
James Parakh, Urban Design Manager, City of Toronto Planning Division, Toronto
See the winning projects and watch the students give their final presentations to the jury below.
Nikita Klimenko, Yale University & Nikita Shpakov, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics