The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has published a report, Downtown High-Rise vs. Suburban Low-Rise Living: A Pilot Study on Urban Sustainability, using Chicago as a case study for the research.
The CTBUH research report offers a quantitative evaluation of long-held assumptions. The study quantitatively investigates and compares the sustainability of people’s lifestyles in both urban and suburban areas from environmental and social perspectives, using detailed information directly collected from households and best available data from public resources.
It fills research gaps in our knowledge of the sustainability of urban density compared to suburban sprawl. The CTBUH pitches the 152-page report as an indispensable resource for policy makers, developers, urban planners, architects, utilities, and anyone else with a stake in shaping the future of the built environment.