From April 22nd through April 27th, SOM will co-host "Wild Mile Week" in celebration of Earth Day. The series of free public events, including workshops and hands-on activities, offers Chicago residents and visitors an opportunity to explore the Chicago River's urban ecosystem.
On April 22nd, 2019, Philip Enquist will host a Video Walk focused on the Great Lakes with graphic designer Rick Valicenti. The event is part of Earth Day programming for "Today at Apple," a series of hands-on creative events hosted at Apple flagship stores around the world.
An interview with SOM's Gareth Edwards is included in To Build a City in Africa: A History and A Manual. With case studies and essays written by a number of authors, the book provides a historical overview and critical analysis of contemporary urbanization in Africa.
In April, 2019, senior urban designer Dawveed Scully was appointed to City of Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot's transition team. Scully will serve alongside other local leaders on the Business, Economy, and Neighborhood Development Committee, which will play a vital role in shaping key objectives and goals for the new administration.
On March 8th, 2019, the SOM Foundation announced Samantha Eng as the winner of the 2019 Structural Engineering Research Fellowship. Eng, currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley, will embark on a course of travel to pursue original research on urbanization in Japan.
In an interview on KRCC, NPR's Southern Colorado affiliate station, Eric Keune discusses SOM's Modernist design for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Keune shares insight on how the work of renowned photographer Ansel Adams helped inform the design.
The 2019 National Planning Conference will take place from April 13th through April 16th in San Francisco. Twelve individuals from various SOM offices will speak on a variety of topics, from designing downtown San Francisco to the future of public spaces.
In partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), SOM has released a design for the “Moon Village,” a concept presented by ESA Director General Jan Woerner for the first full-time human habitat on the lunar surface.
On April 8th , 2019, William F. Baker and Mark Sarkisian will deliver a lecture titled "Architecture Seen Through Structure" in Mexico City. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition "SOM: Arte + Ingeniería + Arquitectura."
On Tuesday, April 9th, Senior Consulting Design Partner Craig Hartman, FAIA, will speak at Salone del Mobile. His talk will illustrate SOM’s integrated, interdisciplinary approach to design in addressing the environmental and social challenges of our era.
On April 24th, 2019, "Beyond the Structure" ("+ Allá de la Estructura") will open in Madrid. The exhibition, presented by SOM and Fundación Arquitectura COAM, spotlights SOM’s structural engineering practice and its unique approaches to design that have led to some the most important projects in the world.
On April 1st, 2019, SOM Urban Design Practice Leader Keith P. O'Connor will give a lecture titled "Shaping the Public Realm: Urban Regeneration in NYC, Chicago and Hong Kong" at Ball State University as a part of its College of Architecture and Planning Lecture series.
Nine SOM architects and engineers will present seven case studies at the 2019 AEI Conference in Tysons, Virginia. The theme for the conference, which is hosted by the Architectural Engineering Institute and Pennsylvania State University, is "Integrated Building Solutions: The National Agenda."
In March, 2019 Scott Duncan participated in a design studio jury for a course led by architect Moshe Safdie at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. The semester-long studio challenged students to imagine design options for The 78, a 62-acre site in Chicago.
Three SOM projects are scheduled to compete in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) awards program at the 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference. The conference will take place in Shenzhen, China and is hosted by CTBUH.