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.
Using Los Angeles as a case study, SOM is developing a systems-based approach to define the regenerative city—a concept of sustainable urban development built on a restorative relationship with the environment. This research paper and infographic advances SOM's global thinking about the city of the future.
“Post Occupancy Evaluation Survey Report” confirms that Post Occupancy Evaluations (POEs) are becoming an increasingly popular tool for architects of sustainable buildings. The report tallies sustainable design leaders’ current use of POE, as well as their desire to conduct evaluations on a larger scale in the near future.
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.