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Dezeen features School/House, a rapidly deployable modular classroom concept designed by SOM architects and engineers. Inspired by its traditional single-room namesake, School/House addresses urgent needs for social distancing, health, and safety during a pandemic while offering an alternative to existing options for temporary classrooms during school renovations and other times of need.

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Created in 2020, the Robert L. Wesley Award supports BIPOC undergraduate students enrolled in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or structural engineering programs across the U.S. The $10,000 award, given to three students, is an unrestricted scholarship that aims to support academic development. The award honors Robert L. Wesley, the first black partner at SOM.

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Tianjin CTF Finance Centre has been recognized with a total of four awards in the RICS China Awards and CREDAWARD programs. The project, a 530-meter-tall mixed-use tower in China's Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), received awards in Best BIM Application and other categories.

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In September, SOM Design Partner Scott Duncan, Director and Interior Design Practice Leader Lois Wellwood, and Associate Amy Garlock will join Cindy Allen, Editor-in-Chief of Interior Design magazine, for DesignBiz on Instagram Live. The designers and Allen will discuss workplace, travel, materiality, post-COVID design, and more.

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On Thursday, September 24th, SOM's Zarmine Nigohos and Roshanak Mostaghim will present at the Future of Mass Timber virtual symposium. Hosted by The Architect's Newspaper, the symposium will spotlight emerging timber technologies and exemplary timber projects across North America, including the Billie Jean King Main Library in Long Beach, California.

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Southeast Asia Building magazine features New Futura in its September/October 2020 issue. The residential complex, located in Singapore's center-city district, comprises two 36-story towers with a bold, curvilinear design that is punctuated by a series of green spaces.

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South China Morning Post reports on how the pandemic has reoriented priorities for residential design, particularly in the luxury market. SOM Associate Director Frank Mahan discusses SOM's adaptive reuse of the Waldorf Astoria in New York as an example, sharing insight on how the building's history as a hotel has also informed the type of amenities it offers to residents.

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