The Urban Habitat committee focuses on the role of tall buildings within a city and how those tall buildings affect the quality of life for those that live or work within or near them. One of the outputs of this committee will be a publication. The working title of this publication is simply: Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings. This publication will feature the wide variety of urban spaces surrounding tall buildings. These range from London’s Pocket Parks and Toronto’s POPS to recent Master Planned Communities such as Chicago's New East Side to the Grand Dubai Fountain in Downtown Dubai and Singapore’s Marina Bay Promenade.

For more information on the Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee or to get involved, please contact workinggroups@ctbuh.org

Primary Output

The Space Within: Skyspaces in Tall Buildings: An output of the CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee

Technical Guide, 2018
204 pages, 8.5" W x 11" H

This CTBUH Technical Guide analyzes how to approach urban habitat within tall buildings, highlighting case studies of large, multi-floor communal spaces at height, in locations around the world, in a broad mix of building functions, in different climates, and at different scales – to help readers understand the ingredients that make them successful, or the lack of ingredients that hold them back from their full potential.

The Space Between: Urban Places, Public Spaces & Tall Buildings – An output of the CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee

Technical Guide, 2017
224 pages, 8.5" W x 11" H

This CTBUH Technical Guide analyzes how to approach urban habitat adjoining tall buildings, highlighting case studies of open spaces at varying scales to help readers understand the ingredients that make them successful – or the lack of ingredients that holds them back from their full potential. In addition, public spaces across cities are analyzed holistically to determine how cities as an organic whole approach the concept of urban habitat.

People

James Parakh

Chair
James Parakh
Urban Design Manager
City of Toronto Planning Division
Toronto, Canada

Manuela Belova


Manuela Belova
Founding Partner
VA Architects
Sofia, Bulgaria

Dominic Bettison


Dominic Bettison
Director
WilkinsonEyre
London, United Kingdom

Lina Cantin


Lina Cantin
Professor, School of Management
University of Québec at Montreal
Montreal, Canada

Josh Chaiken


Josh Chaiken
Principal
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
New York City, United States

Albert Chan


Albert Chan
Director of Development Planning & Design
Shui On Land Limited
Shanghai, China

Jason Gabel


Jason Gabel
Research Manager
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Chicago, United States

Ivan Ip


Ivan Ip
Associate, Urban Designer
Architectus
Sydney, Australia

Mark Lavery


Mark Lavery
Director
BuroHappold Engineering
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Helen Lochhead


Helen Lochhead
Dean, Faculty of Built Environment
UNSW Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Mark Noble


Mark Noble
Development Director
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa

Philip Oldfield


Philip Oldfield
Senior Lecturer
University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Rafael Gomes de Oliveira


Rafael Gomes de Oliveira
Co-founder
Nossa Curitiba
São Paulo, Brazil

Swinal Samant


Swinal Samant
Senior Lecturer
National University of Singapore
Singapore, Singapore

Severin Soder


Severin Soder
Principal
Architectus
Auckland, New Zealand

Holly Sovdi


Holly Sovdi
Principal Planner
City of Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada

Caroline Stalker


Caroline Stalker
Australasian Design Director (Urban)
Arup
Brisbane, Australia

Nasser Turk


Nasser Turk
Regional Manager Middle East Africa
WATG
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Randolph Wang


Randolph Wang
Urban Designer
City of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

Richard Wilson


Richard Wilson
City Design Director
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Chicago, United States

Richard Witt


Richard Witt
Executive Principal
Quadrangle Architects
Toronto, Canada

Captain Zhu


Captain Zhu
Project Architect
Gensler
Shanghai, China