Popular Mechanics gives a brief history of skyscrapers through seven pivotal examples of their development and evolution. SOM's Willis Tower and the Burj Khalifa are featured in the list, as is SOM structural engineer Fazlur Kahn for his pioneering role in using the tubular column system.
On November 9th, 2017, Alan Lewis spoke at the Guangzhou International Design Forum in China. The annual event is an opportunity for practitioners to discuss architectural design, sustainable design, and other topics as they relate to the city of Guangzhou.
On September 26th, Luke Leung will deliver a lecture to the Thailand Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Leung will explore a variety of topics, including SOM's sustainability scheme for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
New Atlas dives into the engineering of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest manmade structure, in an interview with SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker. Baker explains the ideas behind his designs for the Dubai building, as well as for projects in other cities.
On September 15th, Ingedia Sanchez will speak at the 2017 AIA Women's Summit in Washington, D.C. An architect based in SOM's Chicago office, Sanchez has led the technical designs for numerous tall and supertall towers around the world.
On August 17th, 2017, Luke Leung will speak at Energy Exchange, an annual event hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy as a part of the Federal Energy Management Program. Leung will lead the closing plenary session, speaking on the conference theme of "Connect, Collaborate, Conserve."
The Wall Street Journal interviews SOM Managing Partner Kenneth A. Lewis in an article highlighting the technological advances in elevators in high-rise residential buildings. Lewis discusses how the elevator and stairs—"the backbone of a super-tall building"—determine how the building will be constructed.
For its 125th anniversary issue, Architectural Record names the top 125 buildings built since the magazine's founding in 1891. Three SOM projects were honored: Lever House, Cathedral of Christ The Light, and Burj Khalifa.
SOM Director Luke Leung will present about the Burj Khalifa at the September meeting of the Montreal Chapter of ASHRAE. Leung will discuss the design of the tower and its role in shaping the future of urban design.