Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

CTBUH Research Meeting, Venice

June, 2010 - Report by CTBUH Working Group Co-chair, Sabina Fazlic

For more information on the Research, Academic and Postgraduate Working Group, click here.
For the initial Venice Research Meeting Call for Attendance and event information, click here.

On 17-18 June 2010, the CTBUH held the inaugural meeting of its Research, Academic & Postgraduate Working Group. Taking place in the unforgettable city of Venice, the meeting attracted much attention from both academia and industry, resulting in the attendance of 76 researchers representing 60 institutions and 18 countries. Some delegates attended from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, China, the USA, UAE and India. The level of delegate satisfaction with the meeting’s organization and outcomes was exceptionally high, as is the enthusiasm to further establish and develop this working group.

The meeting was held in the Aula Magna of the IUAV University of Venice, Italy. 76 attendees took part in what was a very productive and interesting meeting.

Upon arrival at the meeting venue, the IUAV University of Venice, the delegates were given a warm welcome to the city and the host institution by Professors Aldo Norsa and Enzo Siviero, on behalf of the Head of Faulty of Architecture at IUAV, Prof. Giancarlo Carnevale. This was followed by a further welcome and presentation by Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director, outlining the history and current work of the CTBUH. Philip Oldfield, a group co-chair, then presented the working group and meeting objectives.

For the rest of the afternoon, the delegates attended one of the four breakout sessions, which were chaired by the four meeting co-chairs, Antony Wood, Philip Oldfield, Dario Trabucco and Sabina Fazlic. These sessions consisted of brief presentations of current research by the delegates and discussions on potential collaboration, funding opportunities and suggestions for strategies moving forward. All delegates then reconvened for a brief conversation on progress, before leaving for the organized boat trip to the dinner venue. The dinner was held in the Island of Torcello, the oldest human settlement in the Venice lagoon. The 40 minute boat trip passed through some of the most recognisable monuments of Venice, including San Marco square, the churches of Palladio and the islands of Murano and Burano.

Start of the meeting on June 17th: From left, the four co-chairs of the meeting: Antony Wood (IIT/CTBUH), Philip Oldfield (University of Nottingham), Sabina Fazlic (Centre for Alternative Technology) and Dario Trabucco (IUAV University of Venice) with the representatives of the IUAV University of Venice, Prof. Enzo Siviero and Prof. Aldo Norsa. Antony Wood, Executive Director of the CTBUH opens the meeting with a presentation on the Council’s activities

Breakout session, group D, Jaheen Ahmed of Scadia presenting. Breakout session, group B, Roy Denoon of CPP Wind Engineering presenting
The boat trip was a chance for delegates to view some of Venice’s beautiful buildings and monuments as well the opportunity for informal talks and networking. Luigi Croce (IUAV University of Venice) and Jason Pomeroy (Broadway Malyan) in conversation during the boat trip
The church of Zitelle, by Andrea Palladio Skyline of Venice

The second morning of the meeting began with a presentation on the Research Activities of CIB, (the  International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction), by Wim Bakens, its Secretary General. Here, an exciting collaboration between the CIB and the CTBUH working group was announced, to create a joint ‘road map’ on what research is necessary for tall buildings/urban habitat moving forward. This road map is likely to prove influential, in the setting of both research agendas for funding councils/institutions, as well as the selection of relevant research and PhD projects into the future. Jose Torero, from the University of Edinburgh, then gave the second keynote presentation of the morning, providing some helpful insights in his presentation on “Compiling Research Proposals/Leveraging Funding”.

Thereafter, the sub-groups from the previous day reconvened to further discuss particular areas for the working group’s progress, as well as to follow up on conversations that had begun previously. The findings from these discussions were fed back to the whole group, informing the creation of a collective strategy for the group moving forward. Eleven subgroups were formed, with a number of volunteers from the delegate pool agreeing to work together to pursue each initiative:

Steering and Direction: the overall steering and direction of the CTBUH Research, Academic and Postgraduate Working Group.
Research & Researchers Database: the planning and creation of a researcher / research project database, showing all researchers and active / planned research projects in tall buildings internationally. The group will also examine the opportunities for a proposed research section of the CTBUH newsletter which could include funding opportunities / alerts, calls for papers, conferences, scholarships, etc.
Recognising Research Excellence: the examination of how the CTBUH could recognise and award research excellence. Possible activities include awards for ‘Best Research Paper’, 'Best Research Project', a student competition for tall building design projects, etc.

Academic and Professional Virtual Consultancy / Expert Panel:
the planning and creation of a virtual consultancy or expert panel, who would be able to offer research guidance and possibly respond to academic or professional researchers’ questions.

Funding Potential of the CTBUH: an examination of how the CTBUH could act as a funding body itself, providing, for example, seed capital to research projects, or obtaining commercial sponsorship for research projects, etc. Ideas for generating additional revenue to enable this is an important aspect of this group.
Professional Development and Program of Education: investigating the opportunities for continuing professional development courses and programs of regular education for professionals, e.g. summer-schools, focused Masters courses etc.
Internships and Scholarships: investigating the possibilities for internship and scholarship programs between academia and industry e.g. placement of PhD students in architectural practice, or placement of professionals in University departments for focused periods.
CTBUH as a Lobbying Institution: examining how the CTBUH could act as a lobbying institution, for example, approaching research bodies to make more finance available for research and development in tall buildings and related fields.
CTBUH Journal: examining the opportunities that are available for research dissemination within the CTBUH Journal. For example, should / could the CTBUH Journal be indexed? Should there be a special annual / quarterly ‘research’ edition of the CTBUH Journal, focused on in-depth research papers? Is there value in such a publication, if it was multidisciplinary? Could this be tied into the annual 'Best Research Paper’ award as presumably we will receive numerous entries for this, which could form a CTBUH ‘research’ publication?
Financial Benefit to CTBUH of Intellectual Property: an examination of the possible value to the CTBUH of intellectual property.
Audit of Other Bodies / Countries: planning and conducting an audit of other research-active bodies (e.g. ULI) and mechanisms, including the attitudes and opportunities that exist in other countries.

These initiatives will be progressed by the various sub-groups in the coming weeks. The date of the next meeting was suggested to coincide with the CTBUH awards symposium / ceremony in Chicago in October 2010, with a larger agenda planned to coincide with the CTBUH Seoul Conference in October 2011.

Wim Bakens, Secretary General of CIB, presenting the first keynote speech of the second day of the meeting, introducing the important agreement between CTBUH and CIB for the creation of a ‘roadmap’ on the future research needs of tall buildings Jose Torero (University of Edinburgh) was the second keynote speaker of Friday, giving a presentation on Compiling Research Proposals and Leveraging Funding for Tall Building Projects
Coffee break Breakout session group B, discussing the opportunities for research published within the CTBUH Journal
Breakout session group C, discussing ideas and strategies to move the working group forward Breakout session group D, on the second day: Avenues for funding opportunities was the key topic discussed by the group
The lunch on day 2 and the other social events (boat trip, dinner, coffee breaks) were provided courtesy of the meeting sponsors Wim Bakens (CIB) and Antony Wood (IIT/CTBUH) discuss future collaborations
Lester Partridge (AECOM) and Michael Short (University of the West of England) talk during lunch Giampiero Manara (Permasteelisa) and Paul Monks (RVES Holding) talk together during lunch
Neal Kalita (Davis Langdon) presents the results of the discussions from group A Lester Partridge (AECOM) presents the results of the activities from group B
Michele Palmieri (Rose School of Pavia) presents the results of the discussions from group C Paul Monks (RVES Holding) presents the results of the discussions from group D

The CTBUH would like to thank all delegates for attending this meeting, and our event partners: Coopsette, Fip Industriale, Italcementi, Doka, CMB, Permasteelisa Group, and Yuanda Group, whose generous donations enabled the provision of meeting documentation, coffee breaks, lunches and the boat tour. We would also here like to thank the assistants from IUAV, Andrea, Giuseppe, Elisabetta, Ilenia, Elena and Mariana, for their help in preparing the meeting venue and providing logistical support throughout the event.

Event partners of the 2010 CTBUH Research Meeting

List of attendees:
Norhayuri Abdul Hadi, University of Nottingham, UK
Abbas Aminmansour, University of Illinois, USA
Ramon Alvarez, INTEMAC   
Paul J.  Armstrong, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Wim Bakens, CIB, Netherlands
Prabodh Banavalkar, Ingenium Inc., USA
Mohannad Bayoumi, Technische Universität München, Germany
Seifu A. Bekele, Vipac Engineers & Scientists, Australia
Adam Bitten, University of Edinburgh, UK
Luca Chiappa, Doka, Italy
Bruno Ciborra, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
Maciej Cichy, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Adam Cowlard, Research Associate, University of Edinburgh, UK
David Craggs, King's College, UK
Luigi Croce, IUAV University of Venice, Italy
Peter De Jong, Delft University of Technology, Holland
Roy Denoon, CPP Wind Engineering and Air Quality Consultants, USA
Roberto  Di Marco, Italy
Isadora Espinosa Risolo    , Spain
Lukia Fais, University of Rome, ITACA Department, Italy
Sabina Fazlic, Graduate School of the Environment, UK
Giuliano Ferrari, Coopsette, Italy
Karen Forbes, ECA, UK
Fabio Frambati, Teleya, Italy
Laura Gramigna, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
Damian Grant, Arup, UK
Andreas Haese, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
Horia Hangan, Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, Canada
Nicholas Holt, SOM, USA
Ahmed Jaheen, SCADIA, UK
Alan Jalil, Socotec International, France
Huanjun Jiang, Tongji University, China
Shou Chao Jiang, Tongji University, China
Young Ju, Korea University, South Korea
Neal Kalita, Davis Langdon   
Hessam Kazemzadeh, Mott MacDonald Group, UK
John Kilpatrick, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc., UK
Juergen Kufner, London School of Economics, UK
Alberto Lago, Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia, Italy
Guo-Qiang Li, Tongji University, China
Fabio Liberali, Elevatori Magazine, Italy
Xilin Lu, Tongji University, China
Giampiero Manara, Permasteelisa, Italy
Josh Mason, SeniorDesigner, UK
Ciro Menna, Doka, Italy
Margaret McCarthy, Springfield Technical Community College, USA
Colin McKinnon, Buro Happold   
Kyoung Sun Moon, Yale School of Architecture, USA
Paul Monks, RVES Holding, Holland
Alessandro Morbi, Italcementi, Italy
Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham, UK
Lester E. Partridge, AECOM, Australia
Michele    Palmieri, Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia, Italy
Domenico Pennucci, Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia, Italy
Jason Pomeroy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Singapore
Javier Quintana, IE School of Architecture, Spain
Anna Rydzewska-Szpak, DanProject Sp, Poland
Fahim Sadek, NIST, USA
Erdal Şafak, Department of Earthquake Engineering
Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, Turkey
Claire Saint-Pierre, Ecole des Ingénieurs de la ville de Paris, France
Swinal Samant, University of Nottingham, UK
Alessandro Sardena, FIP Industriale, Italy
Michael Short, University of the West of England    UK
Janne Sorsa, KONE, Finalnd
Hatice Sozer, Nigde University, Turkey
Serdar Soyoz, Bogazici University, Turkey
Wolfgang Sundermann, Werner Sobek Ingenieure   
Jose Torero, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dario Trabucco, Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy
Alexios Vandoros, Vandoros and Partners / Aristotele University, Greece
Nicolò Vistosi, ing. Nicolò Vistosi, Italy
Karel J. Vollers, Delft University of Technology, Holland
Georgia Warren-Myers, RMIT University, Australia
Jochem Wit, Deerns Consulting Engineers, Holland
Antony Wood, CTBUH / IIT, USA
Congzhen Xiao, China Academy of Building Research, China