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

Interactive Study on 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...

12 December 2019 | CTBUH Journal 2020 Issue I

Interactive Study on 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 Buildings 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

Interactive Study on Tall Buildings in Numbers: 2018 Year in Review

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...