Research Project

A Study of the Sustainability Implications of Differing Urban + Suburban Locations in Chicago

Project Start: February 2014
Project Completion: February 2016
Principal Investigators: Antony Wood & Peng Du, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The research study is aimed at understanding what factors really do contribute to “sustainability” in an urban/suburban context.

Though the belief in the sustainability benefits of "dense" versus "dispersed" is driving the development of cities over the world, the principal has never actually been examined at a detailed level. This study is thus focused on demystifying the myths on both sides of the density vs. sprawl debate. The fundamental objectives of this research project are two-fold; (i) to investigate the true sustainability aspects of people’s lifestyle through a comparison of Chicago downtown high-rise and suburban low-rise living, and (ii) to develop a methodology for this evaluation for the benefit of other cities globally.


Funding Partner

Research Output

Downtown High-Rise vs. Suburban Low-Rise Living

Price: $20

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About the Funding Partner

The College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology builds on a legacy of disciplined experimentation in materials and technologies to educate and inspire the next generation of architects and landscape architects. From its landmark campus and home at S. R. Crown Hall Chicago, IIT Architecture champions an interdisciplinary approach to education and research that is simultaneously local and global in its impact. Faculty and students enjoy a longstanding relationship with professional practice in Chicago, a city with a vibrant history of innovation in architecture, design, landscape architecture, and urbanism. 



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