CTBUH 2021 Student Tall Building Design Competition

CTBUH 2021 Student Tall Building Design Competition

Submission: July 26, 2021
Registration: July 19, 2021
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Student competition


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce its 10th Student Tall Building Design Competition. The goal of the competition is to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society. The age of the tall building as a single iconic piece of sculpture, standing in isolation from its surroundings, is coming to an end. Designers have a responsibility to ensure that these permanent urban structures engender a future-oriented urban response to the greatest challenges of our time: unprecedented population growth; mass urbanization; climate change; environmental degradation; social, political and economic change; and the rapid advance of myriad technical innovation.

Participants are free to site their projects anywhere in the world. But this is not to undervalue the importance of site – participants should carefully consider their site (which must be a “real” site, in an existing urban location) as the site context should inherently have significant influence over the project’s design. Participants are also free to determine the size, height, function, accommodation and responsibilities of the building. The intention is these freedoms on site and program will maximize the diversity and creativity of the responses. It is also intended to allow students from specific high-rise educational studies around the world during the 2020–21 academic year to submit their projects for consideration.


Participants need to also consider the CTBUH Criteria for defining tall buildings, such that “at least 50 percent of its height is occupied by usable floor area,” (i.e., proposals should be functional “buildings” not simply observation, communication, or other towers). Some of the multi-layered elements that participants should take into consideration may include (in no particular hierarchy):
local climate
urban grain
neighboring buildings
city requirements
community requirements
social sustainability
environmental sustainability
efficiency of materials, space, and usage


The competition is open to all students who are registered at a University level. For recently graduated students: you must have been a registered student during the Fall 2020 term, i.e., August–December 2020 or late.


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