Data Studies

The Research & Thought Leadership division of the CTBUH performs objective research at all scales and distributes findings in the form of data studies that highlight critical issues facing tall buildings and future cities.

Latest Study

12 January 2021 | Tall Buildings in Numbers

Tall Buildings in 2020: COVID-19 Contributes To Dip in Year-On-Year Completions

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has released its annual report, CTBUH Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2020, part of the Tall Buildings in Numbers data analysis series. The report, kindly sponsored this year by Schindler, shows that 106 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed in 2020, a 20 percent decline from 2019,...

12 December 2019 | CTBUH Journal 2020 Issue I

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2019
The year 2019 was remarkable for the tall building industry, with 26 supertall buildings (300 meters or taller) completed, the most in any year. This is the second consecutive year...

11 October 2019 | CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue IV

Tall Buildings in Numbers: 50 Years of Tall Building Evolution
The default image of the skyscraper for the past 50 years in the public imagination has likely been the extruded, rectilinear corporate “box,” derived from the postwar model of min...

29 July 2019 | CTBUH Journal Issue III

Highest Special-Purpose Spaces
Since humans first began constructing tall buildings, history has been cluttered with claims of all manner of “highest” records. In this study, we examine those claims to unconvent...

25 April 2019 | CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue II

Tall Building's in Numbers: World's Tallest Offset-Core Buildings
There has long been an interest in separating the service cores of tall buildings from the main programmed areas – to create more column-free, easily-configured floor space; to sym...

31 January 2019 | CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue I

The Global Tall Building Picture: Impact of 2018
In 2018, 143 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed. This is a slight decrease from 2017’s record-breaking total of 147, and it brings the total number of 200-me...

20 October 2018 | CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue IV

The Middle East: 30+ Years of Building Tall
The Middle East region is hosting its first CTBUH International Conference since 2008. In that year, there were 119 completed buildings of 150 meters or greater height. Ten years l...