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Launched in 2017, the Chicago River Edge Ideas Lab was initiated by the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development in collaboration with the Metropolitan Planning Council. SOM's vision implements infrastructure focused on ecology, a healthier river, and the creation of a destination for Chicago residents and visitors alike.

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On October 12th, 2017, Mana Contemporary Chicago and SOM hosted a panel discussion on the poetry of structural design. Presented in partnership with Ace Hotel Chicago, the panel coincided with "SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]," an exhibition produced by Mana Contemporary Chicago in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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In 2009, SOM’s City Design Practice developed a 100-year vision for the Great Lakes. Engaging scientists, public officials, and other thought leaders, the pro-bono initiative outlines measures to protect the lakes and promote sustainable development in the region. This video series shares the stories of the diverse group of experts that contributed to the project.

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SOM Partners William F. Baker and Mark Sarkisian spoke at the Utzon Center on October 13th, 2016 to mark the opening of the exhibition "Sky's the Limit: The Engineering of Architecture." They presented SOM’s integrated design approach and how it has spurred innovation throughout the firm's history.

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New results from SOM's Timber Tower Research Project indicate that a timber-concrete composite system can satisfy code requirements and compete with traditional construction methods. This paves the way for high-rise buildings to utilize mass timber as the main structural material, significantly reducing their environmental impact.

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Research requires partners from an array of disciplines, each bringing different skills, technologies, cultures, and ways of thinking to create change. This video explores three SOM projects that demonstrate the power of multi-sector collaborations, and their ability to transform the architectural marketplace.

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The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy demonstration project (AMIE) “changes the way we think about generating, storing, and using electrical power.” Comprising a 3D-printed enclosure and a vehicle, the high performance building produces and stores renewable power that is shared with the hybrid plug-in car.

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