On October 13th, 2018, SOM Director Thomas Hussey will host "Sketch Walks: Millennium Park" at Apple's Michigan Avenue store and Millennium Park in Chicago. The event is part of The Big Draw, a month-long festival of drawing hosted at Apple flagship stores around the world.
The Chicago Tribune reports on Millennium Park being named the top tourist destination in the Midwest region of the United States. Completed in 2004 and based on a master plan by SOM, the park recently received a record number of visitors.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports on Millennium Park's new title as the most visited attraction in the Midwest. Based on a master plan by SOM, the park revitalized a neglected downtown site with contemporary public art works, lush gardens, and a pavilion for live music and theater.
As Chicago prepares for the upcoming Architecture Biennial which opens later this week, Dezeen features 10 projects that helped make Chicago the birthplace of contemporary American architecture. SOM, founded in Chicago in 1936, has played an important part in contributing to Chicago’s architectural legacy with two seminal projects appearing on the list—the John Hancock Center and the Millennium Park Master Plan—alongside architecture masters Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and others.
Philip Enquist, SOM Partner in Charge of Urban Design and Planning, has been named the sixteenth UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Enquist and a select research team will serve as Governor’s Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments and will be affiliated with and administer projects through the UT College of Architecture and Design.
To commemorate the Chicago's successful urban works, Spirit of Space produced a compelling film for SOM called Art in the City. It features popular sculptures such as Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate and Jaume Plensa's Crown Fountain.
Spirit of Space completed this compelling film for SOM to commemorate Chicago's successful urban works. With its public art, Chicago holds itself to the highest standard by thoughtfully selecting artists that sensitively understand the magnitude and impact of their work.
Two partners at SOM contributed an essay to Issue 13 of MAS Content. The piece summarizes the firm's work building across complex networks of rail yards, re-stitching the urban fabric of cities.