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.
Dezeen reports on "Faciem," a series of prints on view at Tokyo's Designart festival. Created by Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune and inspired by the impact of abstract art on modernist architecture, the prints feature the SOM-designed Willis Tower and Lever House and other 20th century skyscrapers.
On November 2nd, 2017, the Travel Channel will air a program called "The Secret Life of America's Tallest Buildings." William F. Baker, SOM Structural Engineering Partner, is featured in the program and shares insight on Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).
Vice reports on the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, a citywide celebration now in its second iteration. The SOM-designed Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), the world's tallest building until 1998, is noted as one of the architectural innovations for which the city is recognized.
With help from experts at Docomomo, Curbed explores iconic examples of modern architecture throughout New York City. Lever House, One Chase Manhattan Plaza, and the Pepsi-Cola Corporation World Headquarters are highlighted, as are SOM designers Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois.
Glocal Design Magazine profiles SOM as the lead designer of BBVA’s Bancomer Operations Center in Mexico City. Featuring three examples, the Spanish-language article explores SOM's history as inspiration for the design of the BBVA building.
WBEZ's Curious City ponders the future of Chicago's Willis Tower, 150 years from now: will it be adapted, demolished, or abandoned? John Zils, a senior structural consultant at SOM who worked on the Willis Tower, contributed his expertise, noting the building could last indefinitely with proper maintenance.
The Architect's Newspaper spotlights SOM's iconic Lever House, which was included in Archtober's Building of the Day program. A tour on October 23rd, 2016, led by SOM Associate Director Sam O'Meara, explored the innovative modernist structure, which became an official landmark in 1982.
Bisnow publishes five facts about the Willis Tower, noting the building was the first to use the bundled tube design by former SOM structural engineer Fazlur Khan. A collaboration with former SOM architect Bruce Graham, the design is structurally and economically efficient.