Urban Design + Planning
Radical shifts are needed in the way cities are designed and engineered. SOM’s City Design Practice master plans high-performing cities as models of livability, sustainability, and resiliency.
Working with mayors and civic leaders in some of the most rapidly urbanizing areas of the world affords us the opportunity to solve complex problems in city sustainability.
Our design process is holistic and analytical. Before creating a vision, we get to know the location and its traditions and define principles to guide growth.
Informed by a deep site understanding, our design promotes smart, cost-effective growth with a vision that extends beyond to the metropolitan, regional, and even watershed scales.
In The Press
Century of Cities: nine design principles for sustainability based on biophilia