Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

 CTBUH 2015 International Research Seed Funding
Project Started: October 2015
Project Completion: 
October 2016
Funding Sponsor:
Sun Hung Kai Properties, via CTBUH 2015 Research Seed Funding
Principal Investigator:
Jason Barr, Rutgers University
Primary Output

Economic Drivers: Skyscrapers in China

Research Report, 2017
64 pages, 8.5" W x 11" H

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Through economic analysis, this report endeavors to test several hypotheses with the goal of investigating the underlying factors driving skyscraper construction. China’s unique economic system creates a number of incentives for skyscraper development, potentially complicating matters beyond traditional economic fundamentals of supply and demand. Further complicating factors include the social and political benefits of skyscraper development as well as the symbolic role that skyscrapers can play in building identities for cities.
The 2015 Research Seed Funding, sponsored by Sun Hung Kai Properties, was awarded to Jason Barr, an economics professor at Rutgers University who will investigate the determinants of skyscraper heights and completion rates across 62 Chinese cities from 1978 to 2014. Starting from a data set of all completed buildings related to the study, Barr has run statistical analyses to investigate what factors contribute to development. The winning proposal was chosen by CTBUH’s Expert Peer Review Committee out of 28 total submissions. 

2015 Funding Sponsor

Project Milestones
2016, October: Presentation of Research at CTBUH 2016 China Conference

2015, October: Rutgers Professor Wins Research Seed Funding

2015, June: Research Seed Funding Submission Proposals
2015, March: Research Seed Funding Announcement
Mike Wong (center) from sponsor Sun Hung Kai Properties presents the CTBUH International Research Seed Funding check to Rutgers University economics professor Jason Barr (right) and Jingshu Luo (left).

Amount: US$20,000, payable in two equal installments – US$10,000 at initiation and US$10,000 at project completion/delivery of final report.

Key Dates
•    March 23, 2015: Announcement formally launched
•    May 29, 2015 (12 pm Chicago Time): Submission deadline
•    July 20, 2015: Decision communicated to winning team
•    October 26, 2015: Winning proposal recognized at the CTBUH New York Conference
•    November 2015 to April 2016 (approx.) – Research project undertaken

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