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 is Tuesday, 22 June 2021 and is now closed. For questions, please contact [email protected].
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.
Full details of the Research Seed Funding initiative, including submission requirements, criteria, procedures, etc. can be found in the Award Brief document.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.