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In 2012, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) initiated a joint research initiative aimed at identifying the priority research topics and research gaps in the field of tall buildings.
This significant effort culminated in 2014 with the publication of the Roadmap on the Future Research Needs of Tall Buildings, a guide to assist all those concerned with the typology of tall buildings with the necessary planning of future research and the pursuit of research funding in order to advance tall buildings to their optimum level in the coming years.
In order to facilitate the dissemination of the Roadmap findings and to promote the opportunities for research for both individuals and companies, the full document is available for free download on the CTBUH website at: www.ctbuh.org/roadmap
The Roadmap identifies a list of priority research topics that, hopefully, will be thoroughly studied by researchers internationally in the next few years.
Elsevier has an archive of over nine million articles on ScienceDirect and publishes a number of leading architecture and engineering journals. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat holds a unique archive of tall-building-specific publications, represented by conference papers, journal articles and published research reports.
To further facilitate third-party research on the Roadmap-highlighted topics, as well as on other important subjects, Elsevier and CTBUH have agreed to join forces, distill and distribute the best research publications contained in their combined archives, through a series of Elsevier-CTBUH Virtual Special Issues on Tall Building Research.This first Virtual Special Issue on Tall Building Research is dedicated to the Life Cycle Analysis of tall buildings. All of the research presented in these Virtual Special Issues will be freely accessible for one year after release.