Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

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The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning is a vibrant community of staff and students whose interest and expertise focuses on the built environment.

The school established one of the first Bachelor degrees in Architecture in 1927 and now educate the full range of built environment professionals. They have a lively culture of exploration manifested in many forms, from classroom and studio to research inquiry, complemented by lectures, forums and exhibitions. The cultural diversity is one of their strengths: students and staff have come to Melbourne from over 50 countries, and have a strong alumni body who hold leadership roles across Australia and the world.

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University of Melbourne at CTBUH

CTBUH Colombo 2018 Tall Building Forum

31 May 2018, Event Report – The 2018 Tall Building Forum brought together many prominent tall building…

CTBUH Façade Fire Performance Workshop at University of Sydney

29 Oct 2017, Event Report – One day before the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference, delegates convened at the…

CTBUH Sri Lanka Talks Wind Engineering

16-17 Sep 2017, Event Report – The CTBUH Sri Lanka workshop on “Advanced Wind Engineering Analysis for High-…

University of Melbourne at CTBUH

CTBUH Colombo 2018 Tall Building Forum
31 May 2018, Colombo – Event Report
The 2018 Tall Building Forum brought together many prominent tall building professionals across a wide variety of disciplines for an evening of presentations and discussion.
CTBUH Façade Fire Performance Workshop at University of Sydney
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
One day before the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference, delegates convened at the University of Sydney facilities in Darlington for the Fire Performance of Façades workshop.
CTBUH Sri Lanka Talks Wind Engineering
16-17 Sep 2017, Colombo – Event Report
The CTBUH Sri Lanka workshop on “Advanced Wind Engineering Analysis for High-Rise Buildings Design” was held on the 16th and 17th of September 2017 in Colombo.
CTBUH Executive Director Presents at Chapter Events in Australia
7-9 Mar 2017, Sydney – Event Report
Executive Director Antony Wood delivered two well attended lectures in Sydney and Melbourne, organized by the respective local CTBUH committees.
Executive Director Visits Sydney and Melbourne
6-10 Mar 2017, Sydney – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood traveled to Sydney and Melbourne to build support for the 2017 conference through meetings and lectures.
The 2016 Colombo Forum
27 Jun 2016, Colombo – Event Report
The 2016 Colombo Forum proved to be yet another successful gathering, themed “Collaborative Approaches in Tall Building Design.”

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Giorgio Marfella

Giorgio Marfella

CTBUH City Committee, 2018 – Present
Melbourne, Australia

Priyan Mendis

Priyan Mendis

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2018
Melbourne, Australia

Kate Nguyen

Kate Nguyen

CTBUH Working Group: Fire Performance of Façades, 2017 – Present
Melbourne, Australia

CTBUH Resources Involving University of Melbourne

CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference - Session 7A: Tall Buildings and Contextual Issues Q&A

31 Oct 2017 – CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference
Chair: Hana Kassem, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Amin Hamzavian, AvLaw Pty; Giorgio Marfella, University of Melbourne; Ian Briggs & Jaimin Atkins, Plus Architecture

Past Forward: How Australian Vertical Urbanism Can Learn from its Tall Building Heritage

31 Oct 2017 – CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference
Giorgio Marfella, University of Melbourne

The Future of Skyscrapers in Melbourne: From Hyper-Density to the Uplift Principle

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Giorgio Marfella, The University of Melbourne

The Logic of Rapid Extrusion Produces the “Jumping” Phoenix

Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II
Giorgio Marfella, Steven Richardson & Paulo Vaz-Serra, The University of Melbourne

Interactions Between Residential and Office Towers in Melbourne

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings
Giorgio Marfella, University of Melbourne

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Papers/Research

The Future of Skyscrapers in Melbourne: From Hyper-Density to the Uplift Principle
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Giorgio Marfella, The University of Melbourne
Melbourne is theater to an ongoing skyscraper boom. Considering the recent projects completed, under construction, approved, or under proposal, the outlook of high-rise activity in the central business district and Southbank seems to be indicative of…
The Logic of Rapid Extrusion Produces the “Jumping” Phoenix
Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II; Giorgio Marfella, Steven Richardson & Paulo Vaz-Serra, The University of Melbourne
In inner cities worldwide, there is limited availability of large land parcels apt for high-rise development. Yet, given the seemingly global trend of “superslim” architecture, this limitation does not preclude building skyscrapers on smaller sites…
Interactions Between Residential and Office Towers in Melbourne
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Giorgio Marfella, University of Melbourne
Cities interact with commercial real estate forces using spatial and construction models which may become more or less viable with time. Melbourne is an interesting case-study to understand this connection: the Central Business District (CBD) is…
“True” Balanced Integrated Design of Blast Enhanced Façade
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Marc Zobec, Permasteelisa Pty Ltd; Lori Guido, Permasteelisa S.p.A; Tuan Ngo, University of Melbourne
In recent years, blast enhancement of facades has become an ever increasing requirement in the design of tall buildings. In the event that the blast shock wave breaches the facade, tall buildings require structural design schemes that demonstrate…
MFREE-S Closed Cavity Façade: Cost-Effective, Clean, Environmental
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Henk Bleecker & Maaike Berckmoes, Permasteelisa Group; Piet Standaert, Physibel; Lu Aye, University of Melbourne
Very few existing tall buildings comply with current energy and sustainability performance requirements. An innovative façade solution, “MFREE-S Closed Cavity Façade” (CCF), has recently been developed which merges the benefits of high-rise buildings…
Can Tall Buildings be Child-Friendly? The Vertical Living Kids Research Project
Nov 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue IV; Carolyn Whitzman, University of Melbourne
With the emergence of new high-rise residential developments occurring in tandem with economic restructuring and changing household demographics. The Vertical Living Kids Research Project is sparked by a decline in children's independent mobility.
Vulnerability Assessment of Concrete Tall Buildings Subjected to Extreme Loading Conditions
Oct 2003 – CTBUH 2003 Kuala Lumpur Conference; Tuan Ngo, Priyan Mendis & Gideon Hadi Kusuma, University of Melbourne
This paper presents a vulnerability/survivability assessment procedure based on the analysis of a typical tall building in Australia. The structural stability and integrity of the building was assessed by considering the effects of the failure of…
Earthquakes and Tall Buildings – a Review
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Graham L. Hutchinson & Nelson T. K. Lam, University of Melbourne; John L. Wilson, Swinburne University of Technology
This paper has provided an overview of both the philosophy and methods used in the design and analysis of building structures to earthquake ground shaking. In particular, the following topics and issues were discussed : (a) seismic hazard and soil…
Structural Standards Globalization – An Asia Pacific Perspective
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Len K. Stevens, University of Melbourne
The recent growth of international interaction in communications and particularly in information technology has made it imperative to move rapidly towards much greater levels of standardization with establishment of strict technical protocols. In the…
Social Infrastructure in Tall Buildings: A Tale of Two Towers
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Carolyn Whitzman, University of Melbourne
This paper case studies two towering housing complexes, each famous in their respective cities, with different origins and very different fates. Both illustrate the challenges and the possibilities of high rise housing, and the importance of social…