On April 28th, 2019, Dmitri Jajich, Director of Structural Engineering, will speak at the launch event of the Arabic edition of Skyscrapers. The book was written by author and structural historian Judith Dupré.
Director Peter Kindel will speak at the CityAge: Build the Future conference in Los Angeles on May 16th, 2019. He will present SOM’s recent collaboration with National Geographic magazine on the development of a conceptual future city and the application of these ideas to existing urban environments.
On April 30th, 2019, Dmitri Jajich, Director of Structural Engineering, will speak at the Tall Buildings Conference and Exhibition in London. Jajich will discuss Manhattan Loft Gardens, a 42-story tower that combines residential and hotel spaces.
Block Club Chicago profiles the latest developments of the Wild Mile, a floating 17-acre eco-park on the North Branch of the Chicago River. Designed by SOM in collaboration with Urban Rivers, the City of Chicago, and other partners, the project will be complete and open to the public by 2020.
On April 24th, 2019, "Beyond the Structure" ("+ Allá de la Estructura") opened in Madrid. Presented in collaboration with Fundación COAM, the exhibition spotlights the integration of SOM’s structural engineering practice with architectural design.
On April 17th, 2019, mechanical engineer Stephen Ray spoke at the Houston chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Ray delivered a presentation titled "21st-Century Tall Building Design."
On Friday, April 26th, Mina Hasman will speak on a panel at the annual conference of the Association of Architectural Educators. The conference, which is currently in its fifth year, focuses on the theme of "Learning Through Practice."
Contract Magazine features Associate Director Carlos Madrid III in "On Our Radar," a six-part blog series. Madrid discusses what inspires him at work and home, how he got his start in the industry, and projects that have both challenged him and informed his approach.
Building Design + Construction reports on the Campus Instructional Facility at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The building will feature a diverse combination of open-concept, flexible, and future-focused learning and collaboration spaces to accommodate the changing needs of the university.
Preetam Biswas will lead a panel discussion at the 2019 ASCE-SEI Structures Congress in Orlando, Florida on April 25th, 2019. He will discuss the upcoming manual of practice titled "Design and Performance of Tall Building Structures for Wind Effects."
Commercial Observer spotlights SOM as one of its power design firms of 2019. The feature includes companies that "are working on big, transformative projects" in New York City.
In 2018, the City of West Hollywood unveiled its SMART City Strategic Plan—a multi-phase roadmap to incorporate smart technologies, digital tools, and data analytics into a variety of city services. WEHOville magazine reports on the plan winning a Smart Cities Award from the American Planning Association.
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.