CTBUH 2015 Student Tall Building Design Competition

The goal of the competition is to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Students, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Skyscraper
Country New York, United States
RegDeadline 3 August 2015 GoogleCal iCal
10 August 2015(via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All students who are registered at a University level and graduating or recently graduated students at least during the Fall 2014 term, i.e., August–December 2014

As worldwide populations continue to urbanize and grow, the role of the tall building in the twenty-first century has moved beyond simply addressing spatial and economic efficiencies. The permanence of these structures necessitates careful forethought into how they will interface with the surrounding urban context, the natural environment, their inhabitants, and the world as a whole. Although they are statically embedded in our cities, skyscrapers must employ a dynamic spatial and functional dialogue, allowing them to remain active and relevant for not just decades, but centuries.
The interplay with local culture is critical, as it not only adheres a project appropriately within a city, but communicates the values and imperatives of a place to a global audience. This communication can be meaningfully imparted in many ways – from building form, design inspiration, and motifs; to employed materials, technologies, and urban arrangement. Given the rise of international participation in the tall building world, we find ourselves at defining moment – where small decisions made today on a local scale can enable sweeping change worldwide.

- First-Round Jury
Ilkay Can-Standard (Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York City, USA)
Hardik Doshi (McNamara/Salvia, Inc, New York City, USA)
Peng Du (CTBUH, Chicago, USA)
Steven Henry (CTBUH, Chicago, USA)
Nathaniel Hollister (Goettsch Partners, Chicago, USA)
Dario Trabucco (IUAV University of Venice, Venice, Italy)
- Second-Round Jury
Not yet announced

First Place: US$6,000 (US$3,000 cash + stipend to attend 2015 New York Congress (up to US$3,000 value*))
Second Place: US$5,000 (US$2,000 cash + stipend to attend 2015 New York Congress)
Third Place: US$4,000 (US$1,000 cash + stipend to attend 2015 New York Congress)
Fourth Place: US$3,000 (US$500 cash + stipend to attend 2015 New York Congress)
Fifth Place: US$3,000 (Stipend to attend 2015 New York Congress)
Honorable Mentions

Entry Fee

One A1 board, One DOC file written description (A4 one-page)

Short-listed “Semi-finalists” Announced: August 24th, 2015
Top-five “Finalists” announced: September 9th, 2015
CTBUH New York Conference, Top-five Finalists presentation: October 26–30th, 2015

Past winners

Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

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