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Last fall the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conducted the symposium Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism. As part of the Shanghai event, SOM Director of Sustainable Engineering Luke Leung spoke with special media correspondent Chris Bentley on camera about skyscrapers’ performance benefits for humans and the environment. The duo also took the pulse of sustainable design more generally.

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The recently released video “Designing for Democracy” chronicles the history of GSA Design Excellence, in honor of its 20th anniversary. SOM has had the privilege of executing multiple projects under Design Excellence, and Design Partner Craig W. Hartman and Partner Emeritus David Childs share their thoughts about the program.

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Loni Stark recently captured the Strand Theater’s final stages of renovation on camera for the Bay Area culture platform Stark Insider. With American Conservatory artistic director Carey Perloff and administrative project manager Denys Baker serving as Stark’s guides, the video tour marvels at the theater building’s layers of history and explains how A.C.T. programming will work in tandem with SOM’s design to cultivate the next generation of theater lovers.

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As part of a special segment about severe weather, CBS Chicago interviews SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker about skyscrapers’ ability to withstand strong storms. Baker explains how SOM-designed towers like the Burj Khalifa mitigate wind loads. The special premiered on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:30 pm CST and will air again on Saturday, June 6 at 1:30 pm.

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