Type: Student, international
• First Place: US$8,500 –
US$5,000 cash + stipend to attend 2012 Shanghai Congress (up to US$3,500 value*)
• Second Place: US$6,500 –
US$3,000 cash + stipend to attend 2012 Shanghai Congress (up to US$3,500 value*)
• Third Place: US$4,500 –
US$1,000 cash + stipend to attend 2012 Shanghai Congress(up to US$3,500 value*)
• Fourth Place: US$4,000 –
US$500 cash + stipend to attend 2012 Shanghai Congress(up to US$3,500 value*)
• Fifth Place: US$3,500 –
Stipend to attend 2012 Shanghai Congress(up to US$3,500 value*)
• Friday, June 22nd – Registration Deadline
• Friday, July 6th – Submission Deadline
• Monday, July 16th – Short-listed “Semi-finalists” Announced
• Monday, July 30th – Top-five “Finalists” announced
• Wednesday, September 19th-21st – CTBUH Shanghai Congress
• Thursday, September 20th (afternoon) – Top-five “Finalists” present to jury in Shanghai
• Thursday, September 20th (evening) – Winners announced and prizes conferred during Congress Dinner
The goal of the competition is to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society. As noted by the 2011 Competition Jury Chair, William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox,
“There has been a major transition in the sense of the value of the tall building and what it can contribute to the urban realm, and society in general. This transition moves the tall building away from just an instrument of financial
exploitation and toward a development highly concerned with its impact on the city, the environment, and the urban habitat.”
• Creative Approach (25 points):
• The design response is innovative and inspirational.
• The design program is creative, yet clear and justified.
• Response to Site (25 points):
• The design responds to the physical/cultural aspects of site, such that the design is unique to its location, and
not a generic response to a tall building capable of being reproduced regardless of its location.
• The design responds to the environmental aspects of site.
• Sustainability (25 points):
• The design considers the building’s environmental impact and energy usage.
• The design considers efficiency throughout (core, shell, space, usage, etc).
• The design considers social sustainability, occupant lifestyle and well-being.
• Functionality (25 points):
• Planning and building organization is clear and appropriate.
• There is a clear structural, technical and constructional rationale.
Judges will also consider the CTBUH Criteria defining a tall building by “at least 50% of its height being occupied by usable floor area,” i.e., proposals should be functional “buildings” not simply observation, communication, or other
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