Oak Ridge New Town Master Plan

Project Facts
  • Completion Year 1949
  • Design Finish Year 1949
  • Size Site Area: 8,960 acres
  • Awards
    1945, Certificate, U.S. War Department 1946, Award for Town Design, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Project Facts
  • Completion Year 1949
  • Design Finish Year 1949
  • Size Site Area: 8,960 acres
  • Awards
    1945, Certificate, U.S. War Department 1946, Award for Town Design, Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

At the end of World War II, SOM undertook what would be one of its foundational urban design projects: creating a plan for the “atom bomb city” of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. For the bucolic site, SOM conceived a well-orchestrated network of roads lined with prefabricated homes, dormitories, schools, and stores. The master plan marked both an important step in the evolution of American urban planning and a catalyzing agent for the firm to think about the processes and principles of urban planning.

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