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IIT at CTBUH

CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Student 2017 Conference Tour

28 Oct-3 Nov 2017, Tour Report – Students from the 2017–2018 CTBUH-IIT design research studio attended the…

CTBUH China Holds Sustainable Vertical Urbanism Forum

17 Oct 2017, Event Report – The College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University and…

CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Midterm Fall Review

13 Oct 2017, Event – During a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and supported by AECOM, IIT…

IIT at CTBUH

CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Student 2017 Conference Tour
28 Oct-3 Nov 2017, Sydney – Tour Report
Students from the 2017–2018 CTBUH-IIT design research studio attended the 2017 CTBUH International Conference and toured Sydney.
CTBUH China Holds Sustainable Vertical Urbanism Forum
17 Oct 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
The College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University and CTBUH China co-organized a one-day symposium on Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Midterm Fall Review
13 Oct 2017, Chicago – Event
During a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and supported by AECOM, IIT architecture students presented their design research studio projects in Crown Hall.
Master's Thesis Challenge
28 Aug 2017, Chicago – CTBUH News
CTBUH is launching a new academic initiative, empowering Master's-level architecture students to research new possibilities in rope-less elevator technology.
AECOM Supports CTBUH-IIT Academic Tall Building Studio
21 Aug 2017, Chicago – CTBUH News
CTBUH is pleased to announce that AECOM will be supporting the 2017-2018 CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio, titled “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050.”
CTBUH China Symposium on Tall Building Performance + Book Launch
2 Aug 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China and Tongji University Press held a symposium on tall building performance on August 2, 2017, followed by a book launch.
CTBUH Leads AIA Orlando Panel Discussion on Urban Sustainability
28 Apr 2017, Orlando – Event Report
The CTBUH had a significant presence at this year's AIA Conference in Orlando, convening a panel discussion investigating the sustainability of urban and suburban living patterns.
“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050” Studio Review
24 Feb 2017, Chicago – Event Report
After a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and Gensler, IIT architecture students presented their interim design studio projects in Crown Hall.
CTBUH Celebrates New Office Launch in Chicago
23 Feb 2017, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH enjoyed a lively evening with friends and members in a celebration of its new office located downtown.
“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards 2050” Studio Final Review
2 Dec 2016, Chicago – Event Report
After a semester of intense work assisted by the CTBUH and supported by Gensler, IIT architecture students presented their design research studio final projects in Crown Hall.
CTBUH-IIT Design Research Studio Student 2016 Conference Tour
15-22 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Tour Report
Students from the 2016–2017 CTBUH-IIT design research studio attended the 2016 CTBUH International Conference and toured Shenzhen & Hong Kong.
Gensler's Chicago Office Hosts Presentations and Technical Tour
27 Sep 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
As part of the CTBUH-IIT Academic Courses, a group of IIT architecture students visited the Gensler Chicago Office on September 27.
Research Kick-off Meeting: Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators
30 Aug 2016, Chicago – Event Report
The kick-off meeting for the CTBUH research project on rope-less, non-vertical elevators sponsored by thyssenkrupp AG was held on the campus of IIT.
Gensler Supports CTBUH-IIT Academic Tall Building Studio
Aug 2016, Chicago – Event Report
Gensler will be supporting the 2016–2017 CTBUH-IIT Tall Building Academic Studio through a 2016 Conference sponsorship package.
IIT Professor Wins Research Seed Funding
9 Aug 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
Brent Stephens, an associate professor of architectural engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, has been awarded the CTBUH’s 2016 Research Seed Funding.
Membership Survey VIP Raffle Winner
26 Jul 2016, Chicago – CTBUH-Related News
The CTBUH is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Membership Survey Raffle, Dr. Hyeong-ill Kim, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore.
CTBUH Staff Member Peng Du Receives his PhD
2 Dec 2015, Chicago – Event Report
We are very pleased to announce that CTBUH Researcher Peng Du has just completed his doctoral dissertation at Illinois Institute of Technology.
CTBUH 14th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
12 Nov 2015, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 14th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
EMI Lead Chicago Tall-Building Study Trip
25-29 May 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
A group of 20 Belgian real estate professionals traveled to Chicago from May 25-29 to visit several tall buildings, and related developments as part of a CTBUH Belgium study trip.
BCO Members Tour IIT Campus
22 May 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
As a supporting partner of this year’s British Council for Offices Conference, the CTBUH hosted more than 40 visitors from the BCO for an event on its home campus at IIT.
Philip Oldfield Gives Talk on Rethinking the Tall Building
20 Feb 2015, Chicago – Event Report
Dr. Philip Oldfield delivered a presentation on "Rethinking the Tall Building: Opportunities in the 21st Century Metropolis" as part of the ongoing IIT Cloud Talk series.
CTBUH 13th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
6 Nov 2014, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 13th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
AAAS “Future of Cities” Symposium Sees Destiny in Density
15 Feb 2014, Chicago – Event Report
Executive Director Antony Wood, Trustee Bill Baker, and several academic experts on urban issues spoke at the AAAS Annual Meeting on the panel The Future of Cities: Dense or Dispersed?
CTBUH Steers IIT Cloud Research Studio
21 Nov 2013, Chicago – Event Report
Executive Director Antony Wood and research associates Payam Bahrami and Dario Trabucco led a one-semester-long Research Studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 12th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
18 Oct 2012, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 11th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH Supports IIT on Successful Research Grant
11 Oct 2012, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, (NCIIA) has awarded a grant to the Illinois Institute of Technology.
CTBUH Celebrates First Exhibition
21 Jun 2012, Chicago – Event Report
Chicago Architecture Foundation event spotlights work of CTBUH and AS+GG with Illinois Institute of Technology students: “Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago.”
CTBUH and IIT Win Research Grant
Mar 2012, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The CTBUH and several members of the IIT faculty have been awarded a grant from the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research to study the energy-saving effectiveness.
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
3 Nov 2011, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 10th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH-IIT Design Studio
Jul 2011, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The CTBUH-Illinois Institute of Technology's latest tall building studio, based on a real site in Seoul, is now ready for viewing. The studio consisted of twelve students working in pai
CTBUH 9th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
21 Oct 2010, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 9th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
2009-2010 Tall & Green: The Remaking of Mumbai – Final Review
30 Apr 2010, Chicago – Event Report
The completion of an intense semester of work for the students and tutors involved in the CTBUH-IIT advanced architectural studio was marked by the final reviews.
The Remaking of Mumbai Field Visit
26 Jan-7 Feb 2010, Mumbai – Tour Report
With the support from the CTBUH and RoMF, twelve advanced architectural students from the IIT left the cold winter of Chicago for a two week visit to the project site, in the C-ward.
CTBUH 8th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
22 Oct 2009, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 8th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
IIT and University of Nottingham Design Collaboration
Mar 2009, Chicago – Event Report
Students from the University of Nottingham recently visited Chicago as part of a tall building design studio collaboration with the ‘Remaking of Mumbai’ studio at IIT.
The Remaking of Mumbai, Tour
1-11 Feb 2009, Mumbai – Tour Report
Ten advanced architectural students from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Prof. Antony Wood to engage in the urban issues of the C-ward district of Mumbai.
CTBUH 7th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
20 Nov 2008, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 7th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Chris Abel Presentation at IIT: Foster in China
Oct 2008, Chicago – Event Report
Eminent academic and author Chris Abel presents a detailed overview of the Chinese work of architecture firm Norman Foster and Partners.
CTBUH 6th Annual Awards Table Sponsor
25 Oct 2007, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 6th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 5th Annual Awards Dinner Sponsor
26 Oct 2006, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 5th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in S. R. Crown Hall, located on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.
CTBUH 2nd Annual Awards Dinner White Sponsor
16 Oct 2003, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 2nd Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in S. R. Crown Hall, located on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.

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Antony Wood

Antony Wood

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2008 – Present
Chicago, United States

Mahjoub Elnimeiri

Mahjoub Elnimeiri

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2008 – 2013
Chicago, United States

Peng Du

Peng Du

CTBUH Staff, 2017 – Present
Chicago, United States

CTBUH Leaders at IIT

Antony Wood

Antony Wood

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2008 – Present
Chicago, United States

Mahjoub Elnimeiri

Mahjoub Elnimeiri

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2008 – 2013
Chicago, United States

Peng Du

Peng Du

CTBUH Staff, 2017 – Present
Chicago, United States

Julide Demirdoven

Julide Demirdoven

CTBUH Skyscraper Center Editorial Board, 2015 – 2016
Chicago, United States

Donna Robertson

Donna Robertson

CTBUH Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2004
Chicago, United States

Ray Clark

Ray Clark

CTBUH International Research Seed Funding, Peer Review Panel, 2012
Chicago, United States

Jamshid Mohammadi

Jamshid Mohammadi

CTBUH International Research Seed Funding, Peer Review Panel, 2012
Chicago, United States

Brent Stephens

Brent Stephens

CTBUH Research Seed Funding Winner, 2016
Chicago, United States

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CTBUH Resources Involving IIT

Rethinking the Tall Building: Opportunities in the 21st Century Metropolis

20 Feb 2015 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings
Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham

Foster in China

31 Oct 2008 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings
Chris Abel

Dense Downtown vs. Suburban Dispersed: A Pilot Study on Urban Sustainability

Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2
Antony Wood & Peng Du, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Façade Construction in China: Journey to Lean Design

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Allan Chung, Gensler; Ivan Mutis, Illinois Institute of Technology

Modifying Tall Building Form To Reduce the Along-Wind Effect

Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II
Matin Alaghmandan, Shahid Beheshti University; Mahjoub Elnimeiri & Robert J. Krawczyk, Illinois Institute of Technology; Peter von Buelow, University of Michigan

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Papers/Research

Dense Downtown vs. Suburban Dispersed: A Pilot Study on Urban Sustainability
Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2; Antony Wood & Peng Du, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
This paper presents the initial findings of a ground-breaking two-year CTBUH-funded research project investigating the real environmental and social sustainability of people’s lifestyles in a number of high-rise residential towers in downtown Chicago…
Façade Construction in China: Journey to Lean Design
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Allan Chung, Gensler; Ivan Mutis, Illinois Institute of Technology
There is a recent trend in the construction industry to implement “lean concepts,” a management strategy based upon the Toyota Production System philosophy. While the construction industry mainly focus on lean strategy for production in both the shop…
Modifying Tall Building Form To Reduce the Along-Wind Effect
Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II; Matin Alaghmandan, Shahid Beheshti University; Mahjoub Elnimeiri & Robert J. Krawczyk, Illinois Institute of Technology; Peter von Buelow, University of Michigan
In order to reduce undesirable wind effects and structural responses in tall buildings, there are two main solutions: architectural and structural. Architects can mitigate the wind effect on tall buildings by designing the form aerodynamically, or at…
A Design Optimization Workflow for Tall Buildings Using Parametric Algorithm
Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Mahsa Nicknam & Mahjoub M. Elnimeiri, Illinois Institute of Technology
This research paper is intended to incorporate structural performance and energy efficiency strategies of tall buildings through an architectural form generation process. The main objective is to propose a basis for a generative design methodology in…
Assessment and Prediction of Daylight Performance in High-Rise
Dec 2008 – Wiley Tal Journal; Dong-Hwan Ko, Mahjoub Elnimeiri & Raymond Clark, Illinois Institute of Technology
Effective use of daylighting is an essential component to achieve a sustainable building design. This paper provides a method for evaluating indoor daylight performance.
The Vertical Farm - The origin of a 21st century Architectural Typology
Aug 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue III; Eric C. Ellingsen, Illinois Institute of Technology; Dickson Donald Despommier, Mailman School of Public Health
Far from fantasy, the Vertical Farm scoops up the available technologies at the opening of the 21st century, organizing and redistributing otherwise unrelated parts.
Sustainable Rating Systems Around the World
May 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue II; Antony Wood & Candace Say, Illinois Institute of Technology
This paper will focus on the similarities and differences between the four rating systems and look into the environmental and cultural factors that impact the rating system development. An additional rating system, Green Globes, which is commonly…
Dubai Tower 29, Structure and Form
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Mahjoub Elnimeiri, CDCI Engineers
The author will present the architectural design ideas that led to the creation of Tower 29. He will then introduce the innovative structural design concepts and the collaborative process that help shape its inception. Tower 29, with the exception of…
Innovations in Sustainability at Height: Experimental Tall Buildings
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Peter Land, Illinois Institute of Technology
As global concern and competition intensifies over diminishing fossil fuel reserves, the need grows to conserve energy, develop renewable resources and more efficient ways to build. In a rapidly urbanizing world these objectives must be considered a…
The Vertical Farm: The sky-scraper as vehicle for a sustainable urban agriculture
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Dickson Despommier, Columbia University; Eric Ellingsen, Illinois Institute of Technology
Vertical, urban farming in tall buildings involves fully sustainable energy use and creation in a new and literal organic relationship between engineering, architecture, technology, and global agricultural imperatives in local based community…
Five Energy Generations of Tall Buildings: A Historical Analysis of Energy Consumption in High Rise Buildings
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham; Dario Trabucco, Universita IUAV di Venezia; Antony Wood, CTBUH
This paper aims to rectify this by examining the history of energy use in tall buildings, from their origins in North America in the late 19th century to the present day. In doing so, it categorises tall buildings into five chronological ‘generations…
Looking for Cultural Response and Sustainability in the Design of a High-Rise Tower in the Middle East
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Hatice Sözer, Nigde Unviersity; Ray Clark, Illinois Institute of Technology
Middle Eastern culture has exhibited for generations various fundamental principles of sustainable ways of living. It is the intention of this design to revive and utilize these fundamental principles into a modern design of an 80-story residential…
Experimental Tall Structures and Natural Energy Systems
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Peter Land, Illinois Institute of Technology
New challenges in energy require unique solutions in structures, and fresh ideas in structures and materials generate new concepts and solutions. Consequently, the areas of structure, energy, and materials are becoming closely intertwined; and…
Innovative Tall Building Form Development
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Sang Min Park, Illinois Institute of Technology
This paper will propose a series of methods to develop concepts and options of tall building form to the architect and engineer when designing geometrically complex buildings during schematic design. The intention of the research on this topic is…
Space Efficiency in Multi-Use Tall Building
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Hyeong-ill Kim & Mahjoub Elnimeiri, Illinois institute of Technology
This paper seeks to make a contribution to the development of the design strategies for multi-use tall buildings in relation to space efficiency of the building for architects, engineers & developers during their early phases of the design process.
Tall Building Form Generation by Parametric Design Process
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Sang Min Park, Mahjoub Elnimeiri, David C. Sharpe & Robert J. Krawczyk
The paper will discuss a series of transformations based on architectural as well as geometrical properties that can be used to define tall building forms and the development of a process to generate representations needed for visualization and study…
The Future of High-Rise Buildings
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; George Schipporeit, Illinois Institute of Technology
For anyone interested in the relationship of urban issues and tall buildings, there is no greater challenge than this 6th World Congress theme of “Cities and the Third Millennium.” The last few decades leading up to this threshold of time have…

Tall Buildings Involving IIT

1   IIT Research Institute Tower 1964 72 m Chicago
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