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Enter the CTBUH Why Tall? 2011 Student Design Competition!August 12th, 2011

The Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat is pleased to invite students from around the world to take part in the CTBUH 2011 Student Design Competition: Why Tall? The design competition aims to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society, as tall buildings are no longer just mere representations of modern cities; they are an integral part of our everyday life. With this in mind CTUBH feels that now is the time to redefine the meaning and value of tall buildings in our modern society, by highlighting the aspects of green, safety, and humanity in tall buildings. Participants will have the opportunity to submit a design a that  considers the use of new materialstechnologies, aesthetics, novel spatial organizations, studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. This is also an investigation on public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. The deadline to register is August 12th and submissions will be due August 31st.

August 12th, 2011

August 31st, 2011



First Prize: US $5,000; Second Prize: US $2,000; Third Prize: US $1,000


This is a digital competition and no hardcopies are necessary. Entrants must submit their proposal via the CTBUH FTP no later than August 31, 2011 (23:00 hours US Eastern Time). FTP Login and password will be sent to you by email after you have successfully registered for the competition online at website above.


To assist with the judging process, a series of judging criteria is defined in four categories as outline here:
Creative Approach:
• The design response is innovative and inspirational,
• The design responds to the environmental aspects of site. Response to site:
• The design responds to the physical aspects of site,
• The design responds to the environmental aspects of site.
• The design considers the building’s environmental impact and energy use,
• The design considers social sustainability, occupant lifestyle and well-being.
• Planning and building organization is clear and appropriate,
• There is a clear structural, technical and constructional rationale.

During the judging process, judges will be asked to take into consideration CTBUH Founder, Lynn Beedle's definition of a tall building as "a building in which 'tallness' strongly influences planning, design and use."


To be announced in the coming weeks.