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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.