CTBUH International Research Seed Funding

 

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is accepting proposals for its 2021 International Research Seed Funding—culminating with an award of US$15,000 to be recognized and promoted through CTBUH channels and platforms.

 

The goal of the seed funding is to assist talented researchers in developing projects/ideas to a level that would secure additional, more significant, funding—in conjunction with CTBUH. Research proposals should directly relate to the tall building typology and/or urban habitat, but can come from any topic/discipline. The proposals should have the potential to improve tall buildings and cities from a wide perspective. A non-exhaustive list of possible research topics is provided in the “Roadmap on the Future Research Needs of Tall Buildings,” produced by the CTBUH in conjunction with UNESCO and CIB, and available here


SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submission deadline is Tuesday, 22 June 2021 and is now closed. For questions, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Key Dates

• 20 April: Competition Formally Launched
• 22 June: Submission Deadline
• Late 2021–Early 2022: Research Project Undertaken

 

 

 

Selection Committee & Criteria

The evaluation of proposals will be undertaken by the CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, with guidance from the funding sponsor. The committee reflects a multi-disciplinary group of tall building/urban experts from around the world, with established research and publication records, as well as tall building experience in varying fields. After a first-round evaluation by the Expert Peer Review Committee, the top five proposals will be reviewed by a jury representing the Seed Funding Sponsor and CTBUH representatives. The CTBUH reserves the right to reject all applications and grant no awards. 


submission requirements / criteria / procedures

Full details of the Research Seed Funding initiative, including submission requirements, criteria, procedures, etc. can be found in the Award Brief document.

2021 Seed Funding Sponsor:

 


 

Past Research Seed Funding Projects

 

2019 International Research Seed Funding winner Sofia Dermisi.

2019 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: CTBUH

 

Tall Mixed-use Building Real Estate, Energy System,
and Solar Photovoltaic Performance

Principal Investigator: Sofia Dermisi, University of Washington

 

Objective: Assess the ways in which energy-efficient systems and sustainable energy supplies can address the unique demands of tall mixed-use building programs.

 

Research project completed November 2020; Research paper to be published in CTBUH Journal.

Birds eye view of a city.

2018 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
 
Tall Buildings' Lower Public Spaces: Impact on Health and Behavior

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ye Yu, Tongji University

 

Objective: To research the health and social impacts of public spaces around tall buildings, with the goal of identifying urban design strategies that enable healthy lifestyles.

 

Read the Research Paper

 

 

  

image of a skyscraper on fire

2017 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited

 

Façade Fire Incidents in Tall Buildings

Principal Investigator: Michael Spearpoint, Olsson Fire & Risk
 

Objective: To develop a database of high-rise fires that could be applied to the field of machine-learning, which may lead to new and innovative fire solutions.

 

Read the Research Paper

 

image of cars on a highway with heavy smog

2016 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Taipei Financial Center Corporation

 

How Do Outdoor Pollutant Concentrations Vary Along the Height of  Tall Building?

Principal Investigator: Brent Stephens, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)


Objective: Measure the variations in pollution levels along the height of a supertall building, considering floor height, wind speed and wind direction as factors.

 

Read the Research Paper

 

  

image of a skyscraper on fire

2015 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited

 

Skyscrapers and Skylines: The Case of China

Principal Investigator: Jason Barr, Rutgers University
 

Objective: Conduct research on the determinants of skyscraper heights and completion rates across 62 Chinese cities from 1978 to 2014, to determine which factors contribute to development.

 

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image of cars on a highway with heavy smog

2014 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: East China Architectural Design & Research Institute

 

Building Façade Retrofit: A Database of Completed Projects

Principal Investigator: Andrea Martinez and Mic Patterson, University of Southern California


Objective: Conduct a study and build a database of existing façade-design optimization projects undertaken on tall buildings to date.

 

Read the Research Paper

 

  

image of a skyscraper on fire

2013 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: Arup

 

Vertical Greenery: Evaluating the High-Rise Vegetation of the Bosco Verticale, Milan

Principal Investigator: Dr. Elena Giacomello, Iuav University of Venice
 

Objective: Examine all aspects of the design and construction, as well as the ongoing status of the extensive plantings, on the “Vertical Forest” tower in Milan, evaluating the effectiveness of the plants as part of the building envelope.

 

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image of cars on a highway with heavy smog

2012 International Research Seed Funding

Funding Sponsor: AECOM

 

Designing Tall Buildings to Promote Physical Activity in China

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kristen Day, Polytechnic Institute, New York University


Objective: Study the impact of tall building developments on physical activity in China, and provide guidance for the design of tall buildings and districts that can positively improve health in China’s rapidly growing cities.

 

Read the Research Paper