On October 25th, 2017, the Partners of SOM and the Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden hosted the 50th anniversary of the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Clients, consultants, press, friends of the firm, and SOM leadership and staff gathered in the SOM-designed venue to celebrate this milestone.
The Nashville Post reports on the recently released design proposal for One KVB Circle, a mixed-use development in Tennessee's capital city. SOM Design Partner Scott Duncan offers insight on designs for the tower, which would be the first in Nashville to offer 60-foot uninterrupted floorplates.
The Roosevelt Island campus of Cornell Tech, which opened in September 2017, is featured in Architectural Record. Design Director Colin Koop shares insight on the amount of public space incorporated into SOM's master plan for the New York City campus.
On October 20th, 2017, Hastings College of the Law at the University of California held a groundbreaking ceremony for construction on a new academic facility. The SOM-designed building reimagines the San Francisco school’s footprint by creating a new heart of the campus.
SOM's Colin Koop discusses Cornell Tech in Building Design + Construction's Greenbuild Report. In creating the master plan for the new campus, SOM designed an elevated "Techwalk," or main pedestrian walkway, and other resilient features to account for its location in New York City's East River.
The Chicago Tribune's architecture critic Blair Kamin reflects on the history of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, on the occasion of its twentieth anniversary. Structural engineers at SOM worked with architect Frank Gehry to create the influential museum's distinctive form.
On November 6th, 2017, Arathi Gowda will join an AIA Chicago panel discussion on the potential for the expanded use of energy modeling in designing the built environment. Gowda and other panelists will discuss the role of energy modeling in the architecture and engineering industries.
Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin reports on the winners of the 2017 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards. SOM received an Honor Award in the Divine Detail category for AMIE 1.0, and Citations of Merit for the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library and Dallas City Performance Hall.
Tribeca Citizen features new renderings of 91 Leonard, designed by SOM and Hill West. With units now for sale, the condo in Tribeca, New York City, features tall ceilings, marble counter tops, an indoor pool, and various other amenities.
On October 18th, 2017, SOM's New York office partnered with Metropolis Magazine to host a Think Tank panel discussion. The event, titled "Rapid Urbanization and the Need for Essential Innovation in NYC," centered on the question of how technology can support sustainable growth in the city.
Sales have launched and new renderings were unveiled for the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill- and Hill West-designed 91 Leonard in Tribeca. The 19-story building, holding 111 apartments, will include tall ceilings, whitewashed oak floors, and other design elements.
Vice reports on the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, a citywide celebration now in its second iteration. The SOM-designed Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), the world's tallest building until 1998, is noted as one of the architectural innovations for which the city is recognized.
On October 24th, 2017, Adam Semel will speak at the Land Use Connection Breakfast in Chicago. Panelists will discuss the City of Chicago's North Branch Redevelopment Framework Plan, which includes the SOM-designed Lincoln Yards.
SOM's leadership in skyscraper and urban design will once again be represented at the annual global conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. This year's event takes place October 30–November 3 in various venues in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, Australia.
On October 31st, 2017, SOM Directors Javier Arizmendi and Steven Sobel will present at the Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. The two will discuss their work on the San Diego Central Courthouse for the Superior Court of California.