Research Project

CIB, CTBUH & UNESCO Research Roadmap

Project Completion: January 2014
Principal Investigators: Philip Oldfield, University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) | Dario Trabucco & Antony Wood, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has released The Roadmap on the Future Needs of Tall Buildings, in partnership with the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Roadmap identifies priority research topics and gaps in the field of tall buildings, acting as a guide to assist all those concerned with the typology in the necessary planning of future research and funding.

The Roadmap covers 11 broad fields and 358 individual research topics, which are presented alongside commentary highlighting key trends and issues.

“Research funding has declined year-on-year for most of the past several decades – putting in jeopardy the very act of research to better our existence,” said Timothy Johnson, Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. “Research into making cities more efficient and sustainable is critically needed, now more than ever. Urban density is a key factor in this, and tall buildings are being embraced as a key element of that solution in many cities around the world. This Research Roadmap is a timely and essential document, as it establishes vital research priorities for the industry to consider and implement in the coming years.”


Funding Partners

Research Output

Roadmap on the Future Research Needs of Tall Buildings

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About the Funding Partners

CIB’s purpose is to provide a global network for international exchange and cooperation in building and construction research and innovation. This global network supports an improved building process and enhanced performance of the built environment.


The scope of CIB covers the technical, economic, environmental, organizational and other aspects through all stages of the built environment life cycle. It addresses all steps in the process of basic and applied research, documentation and transfer of the research results, and the implementation and actual application of them.


UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.



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