2023 CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition

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Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)


The Sky's the Limit: CTBUH's Tall Building Design Competition

Ever looked at a skyscraper and thought, "I could design that better"? Well, here's your chance to prove it. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is back with its 12th International Student Tall Building Design Competition. And guess what? They're not just looking for tall designs; they're looking for designs that touch the sky (metaphorically, of course).

Brief About the Competition

The CTBUH isn't just any council. They're the big leagues in the world of tall buildings. Every year, they challenge students worldwide to redefine what it means to design tall structures in our ever-evolving urban landscapes. This year's theme? Humanizing high-density. It's all about people, nature, and the urban realm. In simpler terms, they want designs that make our concrete jungles more livable, breathable, and sustainable.

Key Information

  • Prize Money: A whopping $20,000 is up for grabs. And if that doesn't get your attention, the recognition at the CTBUH 2023 International Conference in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur should.
  • Eligibility: All university-level students can participate. So, whether you're a freshman trying to make a mark or a final-year student looking for a grand exit, this competition is for you.
  • Deadline: Mark your calendars for 26 June 2023. And if you're notorious for missing deadlines, set a reminder for a week earlier, 19 June 2023, to register your participation.

Challenge Focus, Goal, and Topic

The competition isn't just about designing tall buildings; it's about reimagining them. With rapid urbanization, there's a pressing need to ensure our cities are equipped to support healthy living, work, and social engagement. The challenge? To strike a balance between development and local environmental and cultural conditions. It's about creating spaces that reduce carbon emissions, mitigate climate change effects, and, most importantly, are in harmony with nature.

Prizes and Recognition

Now, let's talk moolah. The first-place winner gets a cool US$6,000, with US$3,000 in cash and a stipend to attend the CTBUH 2023 International Conference. But that's not all. The second, third, fourth, and fifth places also get their share of the pie, with cash prizes and stipends. And if you're among the top five, you'll get a chance to present your design to a jury at the conference. Talk about bragging rights!

How Does the Challenge Work?

It's simple. Design a tall building that embodies the theme of humanizing high-density. Ensure your design reflects a clear understanding of structure, environment, servicing, and aesthetics. Once you're satisfied, submit your design by the deadline.

Who Can Participate?

All university-level students worldwide. Whether you're studying architecture, urban design, or even arts, if you have a vision for tall buildings, this competition is for you.

Introduction of the Organizing Company

The CTBUH isn't new to the world of tall buildings. They've been at the forefront of promoting sustainable urbanism through tall buildings. With members from around the world, they're a global network of professionals dedicated to studying and reporting on all aspects of tall buildings.

There you have it, folks. If you've ever dreamt of leaving your mark on the city skyline, this is your chance. So, grab your design tools and let your imagination run wild. After all, the sky's the limit!

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