The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has named Optimo Hat Company and the Taylor Street Apartments and Little Italy Branch Library as 2019 ULI Chicago Vision Awards recipients. The two projects were among six total "Project Category" winners.
The New York Times profiles the City of Chicago's innovative approach to combining public libraries with housing. SOM's Taylor Street Apartments and Little Italy Branch Library, highlighted in the article, is one of the city's first co-located Chicago Housing Authority and public library branches.
In January, 2019, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by officials from the City of Chicago, the Chicago Housing Authority, and the Chicago Public Library to inaugurate the new Taylor Street Apartments and Little Italy Branch Library. The project is one the city’s first co-located housing and public library branches.
Curbed spotlights the opening of the Taylor Street Apartments and Little Italy Branch Library in Chicago. The project is one of three co-located Chicago Housing Authority and Public Library Branches in the city, representing the first pairing of its kind in the United States.
American Libraries Magazine features SOM Design Partner Brian Lee in an interview on the research process that goes into the design and renovation of libraries. Lee discusses the forthcoming Roosevelt Square branch of the Chicago Public Library as a model for the innovative funding for libraries.
On January 28th, 2018, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by civic officials to break ground on the SOM-designed Taylor Street Apartments and Roosevelt Branch Library. Mayor Emanuel also announced a new SOM-designed Public Library branch in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood.
The Chicago Tribune reports on the groundbreaking ceremony that took place at the Taylor Street Apartments and Roosevelt Branch Library on January 28th, 2018. The mixed-income apartment and library complex is one of three co-located Chicago Housing Authority and Public Library developments.
On November 28th, 2017, Design Director Eric Keune will commemorate SOM's 81st anniversary as part of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Keune will share information on the firm's recent local work and will discuss a selection of international projects that have been informed by that local work.
ArchDaily profiles the winners of a Chicago design competition to combine mixed-income housing with public library space. SOM's conceptual design for the Roosevelt Branch was selected by officials from the City of Chicago, the Chicago Housing Authority, and the Chicago Public Library.