03 April 2023

The Economics of Record-Breaking Height

Jason Barr & Peter Weismantle

This paper reviews the development history of record-breaking skyscrapers to better understand their economics. Given how tall they are, the supposed reason for their construction...

03 April 2023

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2022: World Surpasses 2,000 Buildings of 200 Meters or Greater Height


This report shows that 147 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed in 2022, a 25 percent increase from 2021, when 118 such...

08 November 2022

Case Study: DJI Sky City, Shenzhen

Grant Brooker & Hai Lin

A new headquarters for DJI, a robotics company, was completed in Shenzhen in September 2022. Across the two towers, office and research spaces are arranged...

08 November 2022

Designing Biodiverse High-Rise Façade Microbiomes for Healthy Urban Environments

Christiane Herr, Elzaveta Blokhina, Ziyue Gao, Yiling Ji, Yining Jiang & Chao Tang

This study takes a first step towards exploring the microbiomes of existing building façades in Suzhou, China, informing proposals for alternative design approaches to architectural...

22 August 2022

Digital Design Strategies for Complex Buildings

Bin Wang & Lijie Xie, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)

Based on the digital design experience of the Beijing CBD Z6 Tower, this paper discusses the indispensable role digital technology plays in designing complex structures....

22 August 2022

Structural Design of Iconic Tower, Egypt: Culmination of a Concrete Optimization Process

Tarek Hassan, Yehia El-Ezaby & Charles Malek, rector Dar Al Handasah Consultants (Shair and Partners)

This paper presents an overview of a process of optimizing concrete mixture for tall buildings, culminating in the design of the Iconic Tower, the key...

22 August 2022

The World’s Highest Pools: A Deep Dive

S. Isaac Work & Shawn Ursini, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Tall building design has diversified and adapted to accommodate increased demand for distinctive amenities at a range of heights. Swimming pools are a classic feature...

15 March 2022

Towards an Urban Troposphere

Jeffrey A. Kenoff & Peter Gross, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Over the past 30 years, the tall building has seen unprecedented global support. With advanced innovation and many regions around the world discovering increasing growth...

15 December 2021

Designing Holistic Well-Being in the Age of Hybrid Working

Ferdinand Cheung, LWK + PARTNERS

The rise of the hybrid mode of working means that people with vastly different backgrounds, knowledge, skills, and individual needs are working alongside and collaborating...

15 December 2021

Overcoming Carbon, Climate, and Societal Challenges in Cities

Daniel Safarik, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

The tall building, the city, and by extension, urban life, are all facing unprecedented challenges, in multiple aspects—carbon, climate, and societal. The planet’s rapid urbanization...