CTBUH Partners with Charles Russell Speechlys on Real Estate Research Report “Skyscraper vs Groundscraper”

28 May 2021




In conjunction with the Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat’s global network of tall building experts, Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS) has produced a market intelligence report that closely examines how the high-rise typology fits into real estate development in a post-pandemic world.


The pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of how society functions, which includes the relationship between the built environment and those who build, develop, and occupy it. Grappling with these changes, the report features insights on how tall buildings can contribute solutions to changing needs and requirements in the context of the economy, resource-efficiency, and personal health and well-being.


The report acknowledges the challenges and opportunities concerning the high-rise in equal measure, recognizing both its clear benefits, and places where it can fall short when compared to the groundscraper. “Skyscrapers can generate great value by concentrating more occupiable space on our finite land resource,” said CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea Consulting, in the introduction. “Groundscrapers can offer a building at a more human scale.” Keeping this at the forefront, the report focuses as much on the spaces between buildings as those within, in order to examine how tall buildings can maximize social sustainability and community as much as they do space. “In what is being dubbed ‘the lonely century’, buildings must foster contact and connection, health and happiness,” said Watts.


Skyscrapers can generate great value by concentrating more occupiable space on our finite land resource
- Steve Watts, CTBUH Chairman; Partner, alinea Consulting




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The research report will be released in three parts, following the final full report. Watch this space for further highlights.