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 January 11th, 2018, SOM Associate Director and Technical Designer Thomas Kinzl will speak at the January meeting of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings. Kinzl will explore how high performance curtain wall systems can improve building facades.
Tianjin CTF Finance Centre topped out in Tianjin, China this fall. The 530-meter-tall skyscraper will house office space, serviced apartments, and a five-star hotel. The tower will be a striking new landmark in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area.
On October 2nd, Thomas Kinzl will speak at the 2017 Conference on Advanced Building Skins in Bern, Switzerland. During his presentation "Parametric Curtain Wall Design," Kinzl will explore recent innovations by SOM in curtain wall design, and the implementation and construction of complex geometries.
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.
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.
Curbed includes the SOM-designed Tianjin CTF Finance Centre in an article on the next generation of supertall buildings transforming city skylines across the globe. The 1,739-foot-tall tower in Tianjin, China is due to be completed in 2018.