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

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...

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

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...