Italian design magazine Abitare talks with Director of Urban Design and Planning Daniel Ringelstein and Planning Associate Gareth Edwards about four new towns under construction in Africa. The two share insight on SOM's master plans for Alárò City, Appolonia, Jigna Eco-community, and Tatu City.
The Chicago Public Library West Loop Branch has received the Frank Lloyd Wright Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois Chapter. The award honors the project that made the greatest impact through new design or renovation.
Two SOM projects won Architizer A+ Popular Choice awards in their respective categories: the Alárò City master plan in the Unbuilt Masterplan category, and Chicago Public Library, West Loop Branch in Architecture - Libraries. The Architizer A+ Popular Choice Winners were selected by the online voting public after a 10 day campaign garnering over 400,000 votes.
Five SOM projects have been selected as Architizer A+ Awards Finalists, ranging in categories from pavilion to library, residential building to masterplan. Popular Choice voting is open until July 5th.
The BBC features the Chicago Public Library – West Loop Branch in an exploration of "Nine Stunning Contemporary Libraries" around the world. Clad in weathered steel, the building—the neighborhood's first public library and recently opened—preserves the industrial character of the West Loop.
On January 29th, Africa’s largest urban developer, Rendeavour, in partnership with the Lagos State Government, broke ground on a new city development in the Lekki Free Zone. The master plan by SOM is designed to boost foreign direct investment in Nigeria and create tens of thousands of jobs.
Dezeen reports on the recently opened Chicago Public Library, West Loop Branch, designed by SOM. The new branch is the first library for the neighborhood and was donated to the City of Chicago by developer Sterling Bay.
Architectural Digest talks with SOM Design Partner Brian Lee about the opening of the first-ever West Loop Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The SOM-designed adaptive reuse project transformed a former Harpo Studios production space into the new neighborhood library.
Archinect reports on the SOM-designed Chicago Public Library, West Loop Branch. Clad in weathered steel, the building—the neighborhood's first public library and recently opened—preserves the industrial character of the West Loop.