CTBUH 2016 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 18 July 2016 GoogleCal iCal
25 July 2016 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All students who are registered at a University level and graduating or recently graduated students at least during the Fall 2015 term, i.e., August–December 2015

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 (Architectural Designer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York City, USA)
Hardik Doshi (Design Engineer, McNamara/Salvia, Inc, New York City, USA)
Peng Du (Research Associate, CTBUH, Chicago, USA)
Steven Henry (Associate Director, CTBUH, Chicago, USA)
Dario Trabucco (Tenured Researcher in Building Technology, IUAV University of Venice, Venice, Italy)
Matt Makes (Director of Business Development, Turner International, New York City, USA)
Dave Freedman (Architectural Designer, Foster + Partners, New York City, USA)
- 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 8th, 2016
Top-five “Finalists” announced: August 18th, 2016
CTBUH New York Conference, Top-five Finalists presentation: October 17th–21st, 2016

Past winners

Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

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