Metropolis Magazine and SOM Host Event on Transformative Collaborations

Photo © Christopher Barrett

Great ideas deserve to be put into practice. Partnerships between universities and the public and private sectors made the moon shot and the Internet possible. Today, environmental and social concerns demand equally transformative collaborations. On Wednesday, March 16th, join Metropolis Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Susan Szenasy at SOM Chicago for a conversation on the changing nature of partnerships in architecture and urbanism with panelists from SOM, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and UI LABS.

SOM's research not only envisions what could be, but also builds a network of practitioners across disciplines who can make these innovations commonplace. Three SOM projects are models of interdisciplinary partnership: The pioneering Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute developed by UI Labs—the Chicago-based organization that forges partnerships to solve tough problems; the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project spearheaded by SOM and Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and the carbon-sequestering Timber Tower. All three were not only realized through partnerships, but they also provide models for how to foster collaborative ecosystems that can effect lasting change.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP via

Innovation in Action | Metropolis Think Tank: The Human Factor

March 16, 2016
4:00 – 5:15 pm

SOM Chicago
224 South Michigan Avenue, 5th floor
Chicago, Illinois