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CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition

Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce its 4th International 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.

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.

Participants are free to site their projects anywhere in the world. But this is not to undervalue the importance of site – participants should carefully consider their site (which must be a “real” site, in an existing urban location) as the site context should inherently have significant influence over the project’s design. Participants are also free to determine the size, height, function, accommodation and responsibilities of the building. The intention is these freedoms on site and program will maximize the diversity and creativity of the responses. It is also intended to allow students from specific high-rise educational studies around the world during the 2014–15 academic year to submit their projects for consideration.

Participants should engage with the exploration and resolution of the synergistic relationship of placing a tall building in a unique existing urban setting; how that tall building can be inspired by the cultural, physical, and environmental aspects of its site; and how the program of the building is influenced by the micro and macro site/urban conditions; and how the building responds
to global issues. Proposals should show evidence of a clear understanding of how considerations of structure, environment, servicing, etc. are as vital to the success of a tall building as the form, materials, aesthetics, etc.

Participants need to also consider the CTBUH Criteria for defining tall buildings, such that “at least 50% of its height is occupied by usable floor area,” (i.e., proposals should be functional “buildings” not simply observation, communication, or other towers).

more at: www.ctbuh.org/competition

Participation Requirements

  • The competition is open to all students who are registered at a University level. For recently graduated students: you must have been a registered student at least during the Fall 2014 term, i.e., August–December 2014.
  • The official language of the competition is English.
  • Participation in this competition is anonymous. You will be issued a registration number which will serve as the only meansof identification during the entire judging process.
  • Contact between participants and members of the jury is prohibited.
  • Five “Finalists” will be selected to present their schemes at the CTBUH 2015 New York Conference. Participation in the Conference and presentation to the jury are required as a condition of being awarded “Finalist” status and receiving the award (a travel stipend is provided for one representative per team, see below). Finalist teams that do not attend will be ineligible for prizes.
  • Copyright and intellectual rights of the submissions remain with the original authors. Successful participants in the CTBUH Student Design Competition agree to allow the CTBUH to display their work in printed format at the CTBUH New York Conference Oct. 26-30th; display images and a text description of their work on the CTBUH website at http://academic. ctbuh.org; and use an image of their work in promotional material for future CTBUH competitions. 

Key Dates

  • Monday, August 3rd – Registration deadline
  • Monday, August 10th – Submission deadline
  • Monday, August 24th – Short-listed “Semi-finalists” announced
  • Wednesday, September 9th – Top-five “Finalists” announced
  • Monday–Friday, October 26–30th – CTBUH New York Conference, Top-five Finalists will present to the jury in New York. Winners will be announced during the conference.

www.ctbuh.org/competition

Registration

  • All university students are invited to participate in the design competition. Multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged.
  • Teams can be made up of one individual, up to a maximum of 5 individuals.
  • Only one single project can be submitted by any one individual/team.
  • Individuals cannot participate in more than one team.
  • Participants must register online at www.ctbuh.org/competition by August 3, 2015.
  • All team members must submit proof of student status when they register. A scanned copy of a student ID or other form of verification for each member of the team must be uploaded to the registration site in order to successfully complete the registration.
  • After your registration and student status has been approved, the CTBUH will issue you a unique registration number which will be necessary for the final submission.
  • There are no registration fees. Participation in the CTBUH Competition is free.

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