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Student skyscraper contest launched

The US Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is running a contest to shed new light on the value of skyscrapers in the modern world

The International Student Tall Building Design Competition allows entrants to site their projects anywhere in the world.

Participants are also free to determine the size, height, function, accommodation and responsibilities of the building.

Kohn Pedersen Fox vice-chairman William Pedersen, who chaired last year’s inaugural competition, said: ‘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.’

Entrants must register by 22 June and submit their designs by 6 July. The winner will be announced in September in Shanghai.

The judges will take into account in equal measure the creativity; response to site; sustainability; and functionality of designs.

More details are available on the competition’s website.

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