Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH 2017 Research Seed Funding Draws Diverse Research Proposals from 9 Countries
June 16, 2017
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The CTBUH’s sixth Research Seed Funding Initiative has received 35 proposals from applicants at research institutions, universities, and private companies worldwide.

This year, the research Seed Funding program is kindly sponsored by Sun Hung Kai Properties, through the CTBUH 2017 International Conference Gold + Research Seed Funding Sponsorship Package.

Similar to previous years, CTBUH will award $20,000 to assist winning researchers in the development of projects, with the view to secure additional, more significant, funding in conjunction with the Council.

2017 Funding Sponsor

The winner of the grant will be chosen through a two-stage judging process by the CTBUH Peer Review Committee and representatives from Sun Hung Kai Properties, the program sponsor. The final decision will be communicated to the winning team on 25 July 2017. As an added incentive, the principal investigator of the winning research team will be recognized at the CTBUH 2017 Conference to be held in Sydney, Australia, from 30 October to 3 November 2017.

This year’s applicants includes researchers from universities and research institutions located in the USA, UK, China, Australia, and various countries across Europe, as well as several internationally renowned architecture, engineering, and industrial firms.

The high-quality proposals that have been submitted reflect the vast range of disciplines, which represent critical aspects in the development of tall buildings, including: urbanism, green technologies, seismic and wind design, evacuation, cultural effect/impact, and more.

The CTBUH 2017 International Research Seed Funding Initiative remains a fundamental linchpin in the advancement of not only CTBUH’s Research Division, but tall building research in general. Ultimately, the results of the awarded research project will be published as part of the new CTBUH Research Report series.

Here is the full list of applicants for the Research Seed Funding Initiative:

Institution: Title: Country:
Briab – The Right Side of Risk How Can We Assure that Elevator Doors Will Close as Expected During an Evacuation? Sweden
DICEA @ Università degli Studi di Firenze Aerodynamic Performance of a Non-Conventional Tall Building Façade Italy
EFC – Engineering Construction Co., Ltd. Field Measurement of Distribution of Pressure Difference Caused by Stack Effect China
Fire Protection Research Foundation Evacuation Elevators for Tall Buildings: Virtual Reality Experiments United States
Griffith University Healing Through Nature: Benefits of Green Space in Urban Hospitals Australia
HOK Architects and Engineers Structural Enclosure Systems for Tall Buildings United States
Illinois Institute of Technology Wood Tall Buildings: Seismic Performance of Structural Frames & Joints United States
Illinois Institute of Technology Thermal Performance Evaluation of Tall Building Curtain Wall Systems Using Non-Contact Temperature Measurements United States
Iowa State University FOG Façades: Digital Workflows for Water Collection United States
New York University Neuroscience for Architecture: Quantification of Human Responsiveness in Tall Building Environments United States
North Dakota State University Comparative Study for Satisfaction of Special Needs High-Rise Inhabitants in the US & China United States
Olsson Fire & Risk Defining Adequate Structural Fire Safety Investments for Tall Buildings in Developing Countries United Kingdom
Olsson Fire & Risk Developing a Tall Building Façade Fires Database for a Machine-Learning Asessment Scotland
Purdue University Modular Composite Construction: Improving the Schedule & Resilience of High-Rise Buildings United States
Queensland University of Technology Cultural Change: Rethinking the Design & Development Process for Tropical Residential Towers Australia
Queensland University of Technology Building Information Modelling Assessment: Health Impacts of Refurbishment Projects Australia
Queensland University of Technology Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Natural Ventilation in Sub-Tropical High-Rise Residential Buildings Australia
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP US-China Steel Design Code Comparison: Case Studies United States
Tongji University Tall Buildings as Urban Habitats: Measuring Social Impacts of Ground Conditions China
Tufts University Using Neuroscience to Inform Healthy Community Design Around Tall Buildings United States
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Can a New Sky-Court Apartment Typology be Cheaper to Build than Conventional High-Rise? Malaysia
University del Norte Structural Health-Monitoring for Wind-Structure Interaction of Skyscrapers in Developing Countries Colombia
University of Bologna The Concrete High-Rise: Three Key Mid-Century Experiments & Their Legacies (Preliminary Research) Italy
University of Central Florida Seismic Performance of Tall Buildings with Core Walls Allowed to Uplift and Rock United States
University of Edinburgh Structural Fire Performance of Load-Bearing CLT Walls United Kingdom
University of Haifa Developing Tall Buildings in Post-Brexit London Israel
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Structural Sustainability of Tall Buildings United States
University of Melbourne Height as Heritage: Conserving Twentieth-Century Skyscrapers Australia
University of Melbourne Exploration of NO2 Filtering Skyscraper Design as Urban Intervention Australia
University of Sheffield Open Database for Vibration Properties of Tall Timber Buildings United Kingdom
University of Washington Effect of Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure on the Resiliency of High-Rise Office Buildings United States
University of Wyoming Inelastic Analysis & Wind Characterization for Performance-Based Design of Tall Buildings United States
University of Queensland Elevating the Dream: Understanding the Lives & Aspirations of High-Rise Residents Australia
University of Queensland Performance of Core-Walls in Tall Buildings Under One-Sided Fire Combined with Other Loadings Australia
University of Tennessee, Knoxville Passive Control of High-Rise Structures with Inerter-Enhanced Mass Dampers United States