ArchDaily recently interviewed SOM Associate Benton Johnson. who spearheaded the widely covered Timber Tower Research Project. The proposal details how mass timber can be used as the main structural material for tall buildings.
In a new video, the faceted, crystalline form of One World Trade Center is seen rising from New York City. The building reasserts downtown Manhattan’s preeminence as a business center and establishes a new civic icon for the country.
Benton Johnson, SOM Associate, speaks about the firm's Timber Tower Research Project in a video from reThink Wood. Through this effort, SOM created a structural system for tall buildings that uses mass timber as the main structural material and minimizes the embodied carbon footprint of the building.
In the spring of 2013, SOM's City Design Practice led an advanced studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Called "Rebuilding a Boulevard," the course explored the issues and opportunities for the Garfield Boulevard corridor in Chicago.
In the 1980s, SOM restored the historic Charnley-Persky House to its original design, created by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. Today, the exquisite building serves as the headquarters for the Society of Architectural Historians.
This four-part video series explores the "Waterline" studio course led by SOM Partner Philip Enquist in 2011 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. During the course, students in architecture, urban design, urban planning, and landscape architecture confronted the underutilized and under-appreciated South Branch of the Chicago River.
In 2010, SOM was asked to envision possibilities for the underutilized park surrounding the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. These videos explore the firm's proposal, as well as ideas by local residents for how to invigorate the park encircling the famed Eero Saarinen landmark.
As a Charles Moore visiting professor, SOM Partner Philip Enquist co-taught an advanced design studio on Detroit at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 2006. This film shows how students from various backgrounds took different focuses on architecture and planning issues and how the dialogue in the studio extended to other stakeholders.
NBC Los Angeles reports on the transformation of the Desmond in the South Park neighborhood of L.A. SOM is designing the renovation and interiors of the building.
SOM collaborated with the Chicago Architecture Foundation for a new exhibition. "Chicago: City of Big Data" explores what data means in the context of cities both present and future.
A Chicago-based startup aims to turn the world's most iconic skyscrapers into "huggable highrises." SOM's Willis Tower and John Hancock Center are featured as project prototypes in the Kickstarter launch video.
Within 15 years, a vast number of China’s rural populace will urbanize. Thomas Hussey, SOM’s Director of Urban Design + Planning, explains how different strategies can address the country’s plan to move 300 million people to urban areas.
In his video piece called "Covers," artist and designer Luis Urculo presents iconic buildings constructed of everyday objects. Two landmark SOM buildings are featured: John Hancock Center and Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).
For the Mumbai airport – one of the most constrained airports in the world – SOM has created a stunning new terminal that stands as a powerful symbol of India's growing international prominence. The video "T2: Where Dreams Take Flight" explores the passion and philosophy that guided the project.
After the September 11 terrorist attacks, New York City had an arduous task ahead: How to rebuild. This video spotlights the dedicated iron workers who have helped construct the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center. Designed by SOM, the record-breaking skyscraper will open in 2014.