Urban Habitat Awards Criteria: Single Site & District/Master Plan Scales

Note: Projects are considered for two levels of recognition: (1) “Award of Excellence” winners, based on the online submission, (2) all “Award of Excellence” winners then go forward to live presentation judging at the annual innovation conference, for consideration of the category winner overall.

These two awards acknowledge that the impact of a tall building is far wider than just the building itself, and recognize significant contributions to the urban realm in connection with tall buildings. Submissions are judged and awarded across two scales: “Single Site” and “District/Master Plan.” All projects should demonstrate a positive contribution to the surrounding environment, add to the social sustainability of both their immediate and wider settings, and represent design influenced by context, both environmentally and culturally.

  1. “Single Site” submissions should consider a specific, defined site area where the interface between tall building and urban realm is exemplary.
  2. “District/Master Plan” submissions should consider solutions that go beyond a single site, from a successful common open area that engages with several surrounding tall buildings, to the unified design of a district or city.
  3. The site or master plan must be fully realized at the time of submission; proposals or visions are not eligible. In the case of a master plan, a multi-phase plan that is only partially completed will be accepted, but must be far enough progressed that its urbanistic intent is evident.
  4. The “urban habitat” aspect of the project must have been completed and utilized within a 24-month eligibility window which starts one year after project completion: for the  awards, a project must thus have a completion date between January 1,  and December 31, . Please note that this completion window is set back one full year from building-related submissions to allow time for the urban habitat to have significantly established itself (e.g., landscaping, etc.).
Additional Notes:

  • A project is only eligible for consideration of a CTBUH award in a specific category once, and cannot be submitted in a consecutive year’s awards program for the same category regardless of whether it may still meet the completion date criteria.
  • A single project can submit for consideration across multiple award categories, in the same or consecutive year, though each submission needs to be crafted differently, according to the specifics of the particular awards category criteria.
  • Awards in some categories may not be conferred on an annual basis if the criteria cannot be clearly met or demonstrated.
  • If a juror is connected with a nominated project, he/she will not be involved in the judging of that project.
  • Jury selections for all winners must be ratified by the CTBUH Board of Trustees.
  • All projects entered to the CTBUH awards will also be eligible for inclusion in CTBUH’s Skyscrapers book publication which features a global overview of tall building completion annually. The book is published by CTBUH and distributed globally, thus providing excellent promotion for the submitted projects and companies involved.
  • “Award of Excellence” winners are expected to comply with the following responsibilities:
    • Representatives of the project (for Best Tall Building, Urban Habitat, and Renovation categories this must be both the owner/developer and design architect/urban planner) must present at the two-day Innovation Conference to be held in Shenzhen, China from April 08-10, for consideration of also winning the category overall, with all speakers representing the project needing to be CTBUH organizational members. These presentations will form the basis for the jury’s selection of Overall Category Winners.
    • Attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the close of the Innovation Conference to collect the award(s).
    • Support the Council, who do not charge any fees to administer the awards program, by all speakers paying the subsidized speaker registration rate at the Conference.