The Future of Cities

Peng Du
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Chicago

As the ever-changing skylines of cities across the world show, tall buildings are an increasingly important solution for accommodating sustainable growth in today’s urban areas. However, is the tall building truly a sustainable building type? Can tall buildings really reduce carbon emission, and harvest enough energy to become energy/carbon-neutral? In addition, what is their full impact on the city and the lives of its inhabitants by developing skyward? The presentation embraces multiple design research studios and research projects conducted at the Illinois Institute of Technology and CTBUH and examines the future of cities.