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SOM staff share insight on the Kinematic Sculpture, a double-curved structure made of hinged and stiffened wood panels. Also referred to as the Pavilion, the sculpture was designed, tested, and manufactured by SOM engineers and architects in our Chicago office.

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In a competition to design a new Global Terminal at O’Hare International Airport, a team led by SOM with Ross Barney Architects and Arup was announced as one of five finalists. In this video, our Chicago-based design team shares their vision for the new terminal—a bold, honest, and timeless work of architecture designed in the Chicago tradition.

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To celebrate cutting-edge digital visualization tools—and the world-famous German festival—SOM's Chicago office organized an Oktoberfest event in 2017. Ten teams throughout the office, including sustainable design, urban design, and interiors, came together to demonstrate their latest work.

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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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RegenCities is a research initiative led by SOM’s City Design Practice that seeks to define the regenerative city—a concept of urban development built on a restorative relationship with the environment. This video series introduces the RegenCities initiative and explores two of its major themes: Access and Equity.

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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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Cities around the world are expanding rapidly, including London, which will grow by more than 1.5 million residents in just 15 years. Kent Jackson, SOM Design Director, presented SOM's ideas for a flexible, livable, and sustainable solution to this housing crisis at a TEDx event on December 19th, 2015.

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SOM Design Partner Roger Duffy lectured at the University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design on January 26th, 2016. Offering an in-depth look at recent projects, Duffy elaborated on the role of creative research and experimentation at the heart of SOM's practice.

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