United States

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

Case Study: The David Rubenstein Forum, Chicago

Sean Gallagher & Michael Hopper

The David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago is a space of discourse and intellectual exchange aimed at fostering the outward engagement of visiting...

09 March 2023

City Building: The Most Complicated Game

Blair Kamin

Blair Kamin, the architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune from 1993 to 2021 and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1999, has delivered...

28 October 2022

Solar Glazing for Tall Mixed-Use Buildings: Prospects for Policy and Performance

Jan Whittington, Feiyang Sun, Sofia Dermisi & Qing Shen, University of Washington

Advancements in photovoltaic systems and associated market trends suggest that vertical installations integrated with building façades will be increasingly competitive for meeting energy demands, while...

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 August 2022

Measuring the Economic Premium for Height

Grant Mosey & Brian Deal, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In this study, the authors examine the sale and rent prices for units in the 10 tallest for-sale and for-rent residential buildings in Chicago. Statistical...

15 December 2021

Move or Build a New Inland Megacity?

John Englander, Institute of Marine Sciences–UC Santa Cruz & Joe Berridge, Urban Strategies

As the reality of climate change has become more evident through more frequent and extreme storm events, coastal flooding has increased. A substantial number of...

17 September 2021

Emissions-Reduction Strategies

The construction sector accounts for 39 percent of all global emissions, but to avoid catastrophic climate-related disasters, these emissions must be reduced significantly, with many...

23 September 2020

The Post-Crisis Tall Building

CTBUH Research

This data study proposes a “generic” 200-meter office building, located in Chicago, displaying several key modifications that could take place if certain indicative public-health restrictions...

09 April 2020

Chicago Building Code Modernization: Energy Performance and Sustainability Implications

Oliver Baumann & Ajit V. Naik, Baumann Consulting

This paper reviews the changes between the Chicago Building Code (CBC) and International Building Code (IBC)'s updated and previous versions to assist project teams in...