Research Project

Vertical Futures: Technologies to Shape our Cities

Project Start: November 2015
Project Completion: October 2016
Principal Investigators: David Malott, AI PlanetWorks | Dario Trabucco, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The “Vertical Futures” research project was made possible thanks to the prestigious 2015 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction, which was bestowed to the CTBUH in recognition of “the Council’s history of supporting and facilitating research and promoting education on a wide variety of topics relating to the planning, design, and construction of tall, supertall, and megatall building projects as well as the impact of those buildings on the urban landscape.” 

Upon receiving the $25,000 prize, CTBUH Chairman and Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) David Malott and CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood agreed that this honorarium would be used by the Council to conduct an audit of the cutting-edge technologies across all fields that contribute to tall buildings.

The research project is led by David Malott, with support from Research Assistant Jordan Feinstein – who was hired specifically for the task – and CTBUH Research Manager Dario Trabucco.

The team, with input from a steering committee composed of numerous innovation experts, will build a foundation for the research by issuing a questionnaire that aims to identify the most promising innovations in the future of tall buildings.


Funding Partner

Steering Committee Members

Project Milestones

March 2016: Project Announced
April 2016: Call for Ideas Launched

About the Funding Partner

Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company.  Founded in 1902, Turner first made its mark on the industry pioneering the use of steel-reinforced concrete for general building, which enabled the company to deliver safer, stronger, and more efficient buildings to clients. The company continues to embrace emerging technologies and offers an increasingly diverse set of services. With an annual construction volume of $11 billion, Turner is the largest builder in the United States, ranking first in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, one of the world’s leading international construction service providers.



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