Master Planning, Sustainability, Urban Design

The Hong Kong Water Line: A Recreation and Conservation Vision for Hong Kong Island

The Hong Kong Water Line project, a research-based proposal by SOM's Hong Kong office, introduces the concept of a new multipurpose trail around the entirety of Hong Kong Island. The proposal seeks to enhance coastal access, provide a sustainable transportation corridor, and offer a framework for marine conservation.

Structural Engineering

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport: Integrated Terminal Building

The new Integrated Terminal Building at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport combines international and domestic operations at one of the busiest airports in India. The 410,000-square-meter building, being constructed at the site of the existing terminal, will achieve a capacity of 40 million passengers per annum upon completion in 2014. This paper looks at the structural innovations incorporated into the design of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport's Integrated Terminal Building.

BIM, Digital Design

BIM in Academia

With rapid changes in technologies, the challenge is not to find individuals who know how to use the latest BIM product but to find those who have a clear understanding of the fundamentals and are able to adapt. This paper looks at the development of innovative new technologies as a result of SOM's partnerships with universities.

Energy, Sustainability

Harnessing Nature

A new office complex on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, harnesses energy from an abundant resource in the country that many architectural solutions overlook — the sun. This paper discusses how SOM's design manages to meet two seemingly conflicting objectives: maximizing shading while using daylight as an energy source.


Analemma Skylight

In a collaborative project with artist James Turrell, our team, working with astronomer Dick Walker, designed a skylight that would admit a spot of light into the building for a specified period each day of the year. This paper describes the project, from inception to completion.