In the "Monocle on Design" podcast, Director of Urban Design and Planning Daniel Ringelstein discusses SOM's collaboration with National Geographic to design a city of the future. The project envisions a city in 2050, when the world's population is expected to reach 9.8 billion.
BusinessWorld reports on the completion of NEX Tower in Manila, Philippines. Designed by SOM, the office building is geared towards multinational companies, financial institutions, and leading local firms.
On June 5th, 2019, SOM and Arquine magazine will host a panel discussion on collaborations in architecture and engineering to celebrate "SOM: Arte + Ingeniería + Arquitectura." The exhibition is on view at the historic Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City.
The Manila Times features NEX Tower, a new 28-story office building designed by SOM. The structure's striking crystalline form features top level construction and the highest sustainability criteria, setting a new standard for commercial real estate in the Philippines.
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 May, 2019, the SOM Foundation announced the results of the 2019 China Prize. Three winners—Zhu Ziyuan, Jing Qi, and Shen Jie—will each receive a $5,000 fellowship grant created to support the students as they embark on travel research outside of China.
Like many cities in California's Central Valley, Bakersfield is pushing to diversify economically and build new industries. Curbed reports on recent developments in housing, transit, and urban planning in the city, including SOM's "Making Downtown Bakersfield" plan.
Curbed reports on the Chicago Riverwalk and highlights recent improvements, including the announcement of a new sculpture, Weather Station, created by artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle and SOM. The sculpture, composed of 117-foot-tall stainless steel poles topped with wind vanes, will be installed in 2020.
On May 10th, 2019, Peter Lee, Associate Director and senior structural engineer, will serve as a panelist at the National Council of Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (NCSEA) second annual symposium. The event, titled #ChangeXSE3, will take place in San Francisco.
SOM has just announced that its New York office will move to 7 World Trade Center in April 2020. The lease will make SOM the first architecture firm to move into the building, which was designed by SOM, as well as the first in the larger World Trade Center.
The University of California, Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) newest student housing project, the San Joaquin Villages, has been honored with a 2019 Housing Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The development, which provides living accommodations for more than 1,000 students on the UCSB campus, was one of 12 projects to receive an AIA Housing Award this year.
In June, 2019, SOM will participate in the London Festival of Architecture, the world’s biggest annual architecture festival. On Saturdays throughout the month, SOM architects will lead tours of The Straford Hotel & Lofts at Manhattan Loft Gardens.
ArchDaily features SOM's design for the Mulva Cultural Center, a new institution for world-class cultural programming in the Midwest. Clad in a curtain of transparent glass, the center will serve as a destination and cultural nexus for the city and region.
Contract magazine shares designs for the Mulva Cultural Center in De Pere, Wisconsin. Located on the banks of the Fox River, the 60,000-square-foot center is scheduled for completion in 2022.
On April 30th, 2019, the UK Green Building Council launched Advancing Net Zero, an initiative designed to help drive the architecture industry forward in addressing climate change. An accompanying report on net-zero buildings, created by a group on which SOM's Mina Hasman served, was also released.