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SOM: Innovation in Action


Research isn’t done in a vacuum—it requires partners from an array of disciplines, each bringing different skills, technologies, cultures, and ways of thinking to create change. Fundamental to SOM’s design philosophy, research guides the firm’s collaborative approach to urbanism, sustainability, and rapid economic change. Three SOM projects are models of interdisciplinary partnership: the pioneering Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute developed by UI Labs, a Chicago-based organization that forges partnerships to solve tough problems; the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project spearheaded by SOM and Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and the carbon-sequestering Timber Tower. Each of these projects demonstrate the power of multi-sector collaborations, and their ability to transform the architectural marketplace.