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

20 March 2020 | CTBUH Journal 2020 Issue II

The Tallest 20 in 2020: Then and Now

This research paper undertakes a review of the 2012 report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, “Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall,” assessing the...

20 March 2020 | CTBUH Journal 2020 Issue II

The Tallest 20 in 2020: Predictions vs. Reality

In the first edition of the 2012 Journal, CTBUH published a Tall Buildings in Numbers study titled Tallest 20 in 2020: Era of the Megatall—The Projected World’s Tallest 20 Skyscrap...

30 January 2020 | CTBUH Journal 2020 Issue I

The Global Tall Building Picture: Impact of 2019

In 2019, 126 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed. This was a 13.7 percent decrease from 146 in 2018. The total number of 200-meter-plus buildings worldwide n...

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...