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Research

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.

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.

Lighting

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.