Beginning on June 17th, 2018, a selection of models highlighting the structural engineering of several SOM-designed projects will be shown as part of an exhibition at the Museum of Architecture and Engineering NRW in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The exhibition is titled "Visionaries and Everyday Heroes: Engineers - Build - Future."
CNN looks back on the impact of the Burj Khalifa and the evolving future of architecture in Dubai. SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker is interviewed regarding the design and engineering innovations of the Burj Khalifa and its continuing influence on the built environment.
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.
CNN Style includes Cayan Tower in Dubai in a roundup of buildings that transformed cities around the world. The form and function of the twisting tower, in which each floor rotates around a cylindrical elevator to create a 90-degree turn, are highlighted.
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.
In August, 2017, the Chicago Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza turned 50. In honor of the milestone, numerous events were held across the city; in this video, retired SOM architect Fred Lo, author Patricia Balton Stratton, and a panel of experts discuss the iconic piece of public art.
The Art Newspaper delves into the historical transition of the Chicago Picasso sculpture from a local controversy to a beloved icon. Unveiled in 1967 and commissioned by SOM, the sculpture is the focal point of a celebration organized by Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.