Archinect - News 2017-10-19T19:52:58-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150033802/som-and-james-corner-field-operations-to-redesign-long-dormant-pereira-building-in-downtown-la SOM and James Corner Field Operations to redesign long-dormant Pereira building in Downtown LA Alexander Walter 2017-10-17T21:08:00-04:00 >2017-10-17T21:08:19-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2k/2kurtqghtbfjp4tw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2k/2kurtqghtbfjp4tw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2k/2kurtqghtbfjp4tw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2k/2kurtqghtbfjp4tw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Two acclaimed design firms &ndash; Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill LLP and James Corner Field Operations &ndash; are coming together to transform a 5.5-acre site along Sunset Boulevard into a mixed-use project focused on innovative design, open space and community. The project site is located on the northwest edge of Downtown Los Angeles, within a mile of Bunker Hill, Dodger Stadium and Echo Park Lake.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Located at 1111 West Sunset Boulevard, right on the edge of Downtown <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1322/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> and Echo Park, the two-building complex designed by&nbsp;William Pereira is best known as the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District and has most recently served as a church.&nbsp;</p> <p>The project's developer, LA-based real estate firm Palisades, selected <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/10545/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> for the architectural redesign of the building, while <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/21287/field-operations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a> will be in charge of landscape design on the 5.5-acre site.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150012853/did-som-rip-off-this-architect-s-designs-for-one-world-trade-center Did SOM rip off this architect's designs for One World Trade Center? Nicholas Korody 2017-06-15T12:27:00-04:00 >2017-10-17T20:47:34-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gr/gr2ft6hnhast5c96.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gr/gr2ft6hnhast5c96.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gr/gr2ft6hnhast5c96.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gr/gr2ft6hnhast5c96.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A Korean-born architect on Wednesday sued a major architecture firm over the design of Manhattan's One World Trade Center, claiming that the building bears a "striking similarity" to a tower he designed in 1999 while in graduate school. Jeehoon Park accused Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill of falsely claiming design credit for the 104-story One World Trade Center, whose 1,776-foot (541 m) height including the spire makes it the Western Hemisphere's tallest building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Park is president of Qube Architecture, a Georgia-based practice. His design, shown below, was made when he was getting a masters from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Park is seeking unspecified damages.</p> <p>According to the architect, Skidmore has access to the design through an associate partner&mdash;one of Park's thesis advisors.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/u4/u4pnt48gfr36hwtg.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/u4/u4pnt48gfr36hwtg.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Park's design on the left, One World Trade Center on the right</figcaption></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150008782/if-chicago-s-john-hancock-center-gets-a-new-owner-it-could-get-a-new-name If Chicago's John Hancock Center gets a new owner, it could get a new name Justine Testado 2017-05-22T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T21:09:02-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gn/gngegjsa4builflc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gn/gngegjsa4builflc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gn/gngegjsa4builflc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gn/gngegjsa4builflc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[Hearn's] venture also controls rights to the building's name, which has remained unchanged since John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. developed it [...] Hearn has been in talks with companies interested in putting their name on the skyscraper since the structure's namesake no longer pays for that right. "We've had interest in it, but have not made a deal yet," Hearn said. That process could be resumed by a new owner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chicago-based developer Hearn Co. currently plans on selling the John Hancock Center's office space, parking garage and, perhaps most interestingly, its naming rights later this summer. According to the Chicago Tribune, Hearn would use the proceeds from the naming rights toward a $10 million redevelopment of the tower's plaza.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150008085/som-foundation-awards-2017-china-prize-to-three-grad-students SOM Foundation awards 2017 China Prize to three grad students Justine Testado 2017-05-17T20:08:00-04:00 >2017-05-17T20:08:55-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2z/2z6gvg6go8isj5nu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2z/2z6gvg6go8isj5nu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2z/2z6gvg6go8isj5nu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2z/2z6gvg6go8isj5nu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a>&nbsp;Foundation recently awarded the 2017 China Prize to three graduate students, who each received a $5,000&nbsp;fellowship for travel and research outside of China.&nbsp;</p><p>The recipients are (click their names to see their portfolio submissions):</p><p><a href="http://www.somfoundation.som.com/fellow/yue-wu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yue Wu</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;Tongji University, Graduate Student</p><p><a href="http://www.somfoundation.som.com/fellow/zhaoyang-luo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zhaoyang Luo</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;Harbin Institute of Technology, Graduate Student</p><p><a href="http://www.somfoundation.som.com/fellow/hanxue-wei" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hanxue Wei</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;Tongji University, Graduate Student</p><p>The winners were chosen among a competitive&nbsp;group of applicants,&nbsp;who must currently be&nbsp;enrolled in the last two years of an&nbsp;undergraduate or graduate degree program in architecture or urban design in China. Entrants had to submit a portfolio, research proposal, and travel itinerary.</p><p>The&nbsp;SOM Foundation's reputable Travel and Research Fellowships have offered over 200&nbsp;student recipients an opportunity to travel outside of their home country to conduct research on&nbsp;architecture, history, culture, and design. First offered in the U.S., the program has expanded to include students...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150001588/som-opens-a-new-office-in-dubai SOM opens a new office in Dubai Nicholas Korody 2017-04-05T18:59:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T19:03:40-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bf/bfqasqpfhldvkc44.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bf/bfqasqpfhldvkc44.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bf/bfqasqpfhldvkc44.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bf/bfqasqpfhldvkc44.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The architecture giant <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill LLP (SOM)</a> has announced that they will open a new office in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10250/dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai</a>, a move intended to further their presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The office will be led by Thomas Behr, who will oversee all operations in the region, alongside Uwe Nienstedt, who will manage the office in Dubai. With a prime location on Sheik Zayed Road, the office will oversee current projects and put forward new project proposals.</p><p>While the office may be new, SOM has a long presence in the region. From designing the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/223781/burj-khalifa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burj Khalifa</a> in Dubai&mdash;the world&rsquo;s tallest building&mdash;to master planning Bahrain Bay in Manama, SOM has cultivated region-specific knowledge, whether in the form of energy conservation or in &ldquo;reflecting&rdquo; Islamic culture.</p><p>"Our new office allows SOM to build upon decades of experience in the Middle East. By establishing a formal presence in Dubai--an important business center for the region--we are better equipped to serve our local...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149991063/som-and-p-a-t-t-e-r-n-s-team-up-to-design-a-building-complex-for-dtla SOM and P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S team up to design a building complex for DTLA Nicholas Korody 2017-02-08T17:00:00-05:00 >2017-02-09T14:40:32-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/id/idt1ed4lrss3gchm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/id/idt1ed4lrss3gchm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/id/idt1ed4lrss3gchm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/id/idt1ed4lrss3gchm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The LA-based developer City Century has filed a project application with the city planning department for a major new building complex design by SOM and P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S. Located at the intersection of Olympic and the 110, right across from the Staples Center and LA Live, the project would comprise three narrow high-rise residential towers as well as spaces for shopping and dining. In total, the project is expected to include more than 1,000 residential units and 115,000 square feet of open space.</p><p>"The collaboration between SOM and P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S for the Olympia project has stretched the team to explore uncommon ideas in search of common ground,&rdquo; says Paul Danna, FAIA, design director, SOM. &ldquo;I believe the results will be architecture that is livable, intelligent, and embodies the spirit of Los Angeles."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pc/pcks21wkaftlqvfa.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pe/pe9z1i6fq0zyfgj4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hn/hn5vucmaief12xyw.jpg"></p><p><a href="https://sciarc.edu/news/2017/som-and-p-a-t-t-e-r-n-s-propose-transformational-addition-to-the-los-angeles-skyline/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via SCI-Arc</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149975291/take-a-vr-tour-of-the-new-l-a-federal-courthouse-an-unusually-polished-work-of-civic-architecture Take a VR tour of the new L.A. Federal Courthouse, an “unusually polished work of civic architecture” Justine Testado 2016-10-25T20:01:00-04:00 >2017-10-17T20:47:25-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iq/iqodpjmebmxtfr5r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iq/iqodpjmebmxtfr5r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iq/iqodpjmebmxtfr5r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iq/iqodpjmebmxtfr5r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The $350-million, 633,000-square-foot courthouse, designed by Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill, is an unusually polished work of civic architecture &mdash; especially by the standards of Los Angeles...This is a building that wants to look respectable and rational but not staid, one that is fairly conventional on the horizontal plane and takes a significant if measured chance on the vertical one. Still, it&rsquo;s a chance that pays off.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Christopher Hawthorne gives a thumbs up in his review of SOM's design for the now-completed Los Angeles U.S. Courthouse, which appears to &ldquo;float&rdquo; in mid-air. Don't forget to check out a virtual tour of the building in the video below.</p> <p>Previously on Archinect:</p> <p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79843738/la-federal-courthouse-under-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Federal Courthouse under construction</a></p> <p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63275169/skidmore-owings-merrill-to-design-federal-courthouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill to Design Federal Courthouse</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149968723/gensler-jeanne-gang-and-cesar-pelli-som-among-firms-competing-for-chicago-union-station-redevelopment Gensler, Jeanne Gang and Cesar Pelli, SOM among firms competing for Chicago Union Station redevelopment Nicholas Korody 2016-09-15T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:35:20-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cm/cmrajtg3ns93a8j0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cm/cmrajtg3ns93a8j0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cm/cmrajtg3ns93a8j0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cm/cmrajtg3ns93a8j0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Chicago&rsquo;s Union Station is slated to get a $1 billion facelift that could add up to 3 million sq. ft. of new buildings. Amtrak just announced a shortlist of four contenders for the gig, as reported by <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20160912/CRED03/160909825" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Real Estate Daily</a>.</p><p>The shortlist comprises the development firms John Buck, Riverside Investment &amp; Development, Golub and Sterling Bay. Each of the developers has a noted architectural practice on board; respectively, Jeanne Gang and Cesar Pelli, Goettsch Partners, Gensler, and Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill.&nbsp;</p><p>The teams were selected from an RFQ and will now move on to the proposal stage, with plans due by the beginning of 2017. According to Amtrak, the winning proposal will be selected by the end of the first quarter.</p><p>The winning firm could build on top of existing buildings, on land owned by Amtrak, or over the train tracks. Amtrak owns 14 acres of land and up to 3 million square feet in air rights.</p><p>According to preliminary plans, the development will include office, retail, hotel, an...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149960204/now-that-s-a-skywalk-jin-mao-tower-to-open-world-s-highest-fenceless-all-transparent-walkway-in-shanghai Now THAT's a skywalk! Jin Mao Tower to open world's highest fenceless, all transparent walkway in Shanghai Alexander Walter 2016-07-27T15:04:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:58:58-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e5/e576e881423a798bc1a7146de4766561?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e5/e576e881423a798bc1a7146de4766561?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e5/e576e881423a798bc1a7146de4766561?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e5/e576e881423a798bc1a7146de4766561?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Looking for something new to do in Shanghai? Well, if you're someone who enjoys dangling off a terrifyingly high ledge with nothing but a safety rope to stop you from plunging to your death, then have we got an activity for you! Tomorrow, a skywalk will open outside of the 88th floor of the Jin Mao Tower in Lujiazui. [...] it will be the highest fenceless, all transparent walkway outside a high-rise building in the world and is sure to scare you senseless, 340 meters above the ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e8/e86e62fa3b36ff344b0319280216ad02.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ce/ce9d479060396bc4c85c1d4f07db0869.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b4/b4695d4886d1ed7fca249415d92116f4.jpg"></p><p>For more terrifying photos, head over to <a href="http://shanghaiist.com/2016/07/27/shanghai_skywalk_jin_mao_tower.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghaiist</a> (if you can handle it).</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138416767/chinese-glass-bottom-walkway-cracks-below-tourists-3-540-feet-above-ground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese glass-bottom walkway cracks below tourists &ndash; 3,540 feet above ground</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137723119/china-opens-590-foot-high-glass-bottom-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China opens 590-foot-high glass-bottom bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145197064/sorry-willis-tower-but-shanghai-tower-just-kicked-you-out-of-the-top-10-tallest-buildings-club-after-41-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club &ndash; after 41 years!</a></li></ul><p>Traveling to Shanghai soon but too chicken to dare the new Jin Mao Tower skywalk? Worry not&mdash;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/117980971/four-o-nine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four O Nine</a> co-founder Andrei Zerebecky shares his <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141012454/four-o-nine-s-andrei-zerebecky-shares-his-must-see-architectural-sites-in-shanghai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">must-see architectural sites in Shanghai</a> as part of Archinect's ongoing&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/623429/archinect-travel-guide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Travel Guide</a> series.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149957677/som-releases-renders-of-philadelphia-transit-master-plan SOM releases renders of Philadelphia transit master plan Nicholas Korody 2016-07-13T15:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:42:40-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7o/7olbu0d69fstu34d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7o/7olbu0d69fstu34d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7o/7olbu0d69fstu34d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7o/7olbu0d69fstu34d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill released new rendering of their proposal for a master plan for Philadelphia&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143660106/30th-st-station-district-plan-proposes-mixed-use-neighborhood-above-rail-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">30th Street Station Precinct.</a>&nbsp;Described as a &ldquo;long-awaited vision of a bold, fully-integrated mixed-use urban district, with a vibrant transformation hub situated at its core,&rdquo; the project in part is a response to research suggesting a &ldquo;sizable uptick in transit activity in the coming decades.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sd/sdmxhr4utwyju81p.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qk/qk491l9pme0gixwr.jpg"></p><p>The master plan centers around the historic 30th Street Station, a Beaux Arts building that sits on the western bank of the Schuylkill River, which divides the city. The proposal includes shops, restaurants, and other spaces intended to foster an &ldquo;iconic destination.&rdquo; The total project area is 18,000,000 square feet.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ji/jiotwhzfnm6exviq.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cy/cyiw734wi0ze2hcb.jpg"></p><p>For more from SOM, check out these links:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944699/an-extraterrestrial-presence-on-the-bronx-skyline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An extraterrestrial presence on the Bronx skyline</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138958669/powering-your-som-designed-house-with-your-car-and-reverse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering your (SOM-designed) house with your car (and reverse)</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118294015/som-wins-sixth-aia-twenty-five-year-award-with-the-exchange-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM wins sixth AIA Twenty-Five Year Award with the Exchange House</a></p></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eu/eu114pxsku7wo022.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7v/7vnup5p05m36a85i.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/142842054/refik-anadol-s-new-data-sculpture-unveiled-at-the-som-designed-350-mission-in-san-francisco Refik Anadol's new "data sculpture" unveiled at the SOM-designed 350 Mission in San Francisco Nicholas Korody 2015-12-07T20:12:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T23:19:05-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/to/toz3wafr23wqj9v9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/to/toz3wafr23wqj9v9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/to/toz3wafr23wqj9v9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/to/toz3wafr23wqj9v9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The first permanent publicly-viewable artwork by <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114130154/art-architecture-refik-anadol-at-walt-disney-concert-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refik Anadol</a>, a media artist known for his immersive, site-specific light installations, was recently unveiled in San Francisco.&nbsp;<em>Virtual Depictions: San Francisco,&nbsp;</em>a series of "data sculptures" based on a publicly-available <a href="https://data.sfgov.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dataset</a>, occupies a 40 ft. screen in the lobby of <a href="http://www.som.com/projects/350_mission_street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">350 Mission</a> and involved collaborations with the building's architects, <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings and Merill</a>, and developer,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kilroyrealty.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kilroy Realty</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cv/cv9ejla6fftafw5f.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x0/x0o2w04ssyzefkrx.jpg"></p><p>"The ambient qualities of urban ecologies, as we as civilizations create them in specific geographic locations, are coming to the forefront of cultural production," Anadol told Archinect. "With the advent of digital media and&nbsp;environmental consciousness we now are able, more so than any at other point in human history, to access the formal qualities of the ambient environment in terms of the built, social and natural environments."&nbsp;</p><p>"Through sensors, databases, and visualization we can collect information on the real-time dynamics of citie...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/138958669/powering-your-som-designed-house-with-your-car-and-reverse Powering your (SOM-designed) house with your car (and reverse) Nicholas Korody 2015-10-14T14:55:00-04:00 >2015-10-14T14:55:30-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5g/5g1uo7dnghveity0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5g/5g1uo7dnghveity0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5g/5g1uo7dnghveity0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5g/5g1uo7dnghveity0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A research team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) Department of Energy has created a new model for how we can connect the way we power our homes and vehicles. Dubbed AMIE... the platform features special technology that allows a bi-directional flow of energy between a dwelling and a vehicle. In other words, the house can fuel the car and the car can fuel the house. What's more, ORNL used 3D printing technology to build the dwelling and the vehicle...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/by/byivttigdzww6pxy.jpg"><br><br>AMIE, or Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy, is a hybrid of different futuristic technologies, mashed together into a single platform. First, both the house and the vehicle were 3D printed.<br><br>The former, a single-room structure, was designed in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings and Merril and features vacuum insulated panels, a micro-kitchen, and a rooftop photovoltaic system.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/erdd8t820dfhxu3g.jpg"><br><br>The car, despite looking a bit like something from Mad Max, can be modified with new, 3D printed parts. It includes an electric hybrid power-train that uses natural gas to supplement the energy provided by the house.<br><br>Right now, it's a heavy vehicle, but researchers are working to make it lighter, as well as experimenting with external combustion engines, bio-fuel powered internal combustion engines, hydrogen fuel cells, and flow batteries.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moipyasc2glekg30.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hf/hf5evkq8h2ikz6u3.jpg"><br><br>The real jaw-dropping element of the prototype is that it allows a bi-directional flow of energy: from the car to the house, and vice versa.<br><br>Today, many electric cars can b...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/136264973/architect-s-top-50-firms-include-nadaaa-gensler-adrian-smith-gordon-gill Architect's Top 50 firms include NADAAA, Gensler, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Julia Ingalls 2015-09-09T14:12:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T15:52:08-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5b/5bqbislliqfawbaq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5b/5bqbislliqfawbaq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5b/5bqbislliqfawbaq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5b/5bqbislliqfawbaq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>We updated our methodology to include new metrics: percentage of women and minority designers; range and value of employee benefits; rate of employee turnover.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What defines a successful architectural firm? For Architect Magazine, it's a blend of diversity in staffing, sustainability, and overall design savvy/business acumen. Accordingly, big names <a href="http://archinect.com/gensler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/perkinswill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins + Will</a> snagged places in the top five, while <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/51099/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>&nbsp;received the highest score overall, also taking the top spot in the category of business. In the category of design, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/14669697/nadaaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a> scored the highest; in sustainability, it was&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/3090592/eyp-architecture-engineering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EYP Architecture &amp; Engineering.&nbsp;</a>Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill were recently <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129882706/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-selected-to-design-burj-2020-the-world-s-tallest-commerical-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commissioned to design the Burj 2020</a>, while NADAAA's founding principal Nader Tehrani was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130893085/back-to-business-nader-tehrani-appointed-dean-of-cooper-union-s-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selected to be the new Dean of the Cooper Union</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/697/the-cooper-union" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/ojr0h4mooi7unszh.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/129420907/cornell-tech-to-build-world-s-first-passive-house-high-rise-on-ny-s-roosevelt-island Cornell Tech to build world's first Passive House high-rise on NY's Roosevelt Island Nicholas Korody 2015-06-12T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T19:10:00-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1x/1xn8mkoevwy8mb4y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1x/1xn8mkoevwy8mb4y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1x/1xn8mkoevwy8mb4y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1x/1xn8mkoevwy8mb4y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Construction is slated to start this month on what-will-be the world's first high-rise residential tower built according to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House</a> (PH) standards, considered the most rigorous criteria for reducing a building's greenhouse gas emissions. Passive houses, such as the building on the right in the thermogram below, release significantly less heat compared with a typical building (such as that on the left).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y48thhtqjbnclm13.jpg"></p><p>Touted as an "iconic marker" for Cornell University's new tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York's East River, the project will innovative design features such as:</p><ul><li>A pre-fabricated metal fa&ccedil;ade that will act like a thermal blanket, insulating the structure.</li><li>A louver system, or the building's "gills," which will house the building's heating and cooling systems.</li><li>Low-VOC paint to limit off-gassing and improve air quality.</li><li>Exterior paint that "naturally shifts color from silver to warm champagne" when reflecting light.</li></ul><p>According to figures released by the university, the building wil...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/129172637/renderings-of-big-designed-two-world-trade-center-revealed Renderings of BIG-Designed Two World Trade Center Revealed Julia Ingalls 2015-06-09T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T00:02:07-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e8/e8oddvptmoegldkc.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e8/e8oddvptmoegldkc.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e8/e8oddvptmoegldkc.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e8/e8oddvptmoegldkc.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The architecture becomes a solution to an almost unsolvable puzzle,&rdquo; Ingels told me one recent morning.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128713345/foster-s-out-ingels-in-big-designed-two-world-trade-center-to-house-news-corp-and-21st-century-fox" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">broke the news</a> that Bjarke Ingels' <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> had taken over the design of Two World Trade Center from <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, and today BIG has released its first renderings of its proposed new design. Foster's slanted quadruple diamond crown has been nixed in favor of a stepped-back design of seven stacked boxes that preserves the existing views to St. Paul's Chapel to Memorial Park while making it appear from the New Jersey waterfront that Two World Trade Center is "leaning in" to <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>'s One World Trade Center. BIG's significant redesign also incorporates a series of&nbsp;rooftop gardens on each step-backed ledge, which will feature biomes from the arctic to the tropics.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v1/v1ndwljoypxq2zcd.jpg"></p><p>The design attempts to honor the memorial of Ground Zero while simultaneously injecting BIG's signature enthusiasm into what will be the third tallest tower in New York City. As Ingels explained to <a href="http://www.wired.com/2015/06/bjarke-ingels-design-two-world-trade-center/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WIRED Magazine</a>, &ldquo;On one hand [the design is] about being respectful and about completing the frame around the memor...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/123669152/a-new-ethics-of-the-skyline-the-mile-high-building-is-coming A new ethics of the skyline: the mile-high building is coming Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T15:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:36:54-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n9/n98qbpws6efc53gl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n9/n98qbpws6efc53gl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n9/n98qbpws6efc53gl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n9/n98qbpws6efc53gl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The technology of supertall buildings is a bit like genetic testing or nuclear energy: a volatile form of power. Technological capacities have outpaced our judgment. We know we can do it, but we don&rsquo;t know when not to do it. And so some endlessly wealthy mogul [...] will eventually move into a preposterously expensive penthouse so far above the Earth&rsquo;s crust that the air is thin and gales hammer at the glass. A mile&rsquo;s not science fiction. It&rsquo;s not even an outer limit.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/119886924/3rd-party-liability-brian-newman-archinect-session-s-legal-correspondent-explains-how-a-pivotal-supreme-court-case-is-changing-architects-liability 3rd Party Liability: Brian Newman, Archinect Session's legal correspondent, explains how a pivotal supreme court case is changing architects' liability Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-03T14:25:00-05:00 >2015-02-10T17:40:56-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vx/vxi5qdq8fme84ozs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vx/vxi5qdq8fme84ozs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vx/vxi5qdq8fme84ozs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vx/vxi5qdq8fme84ozs.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;is proud to have&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/professionals-brian_newman.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dykema.com/offices-los-angeles-california.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dykema Gossett PLLC</a>&nbsp;as our official legal correspondent, offering insight into the legal quagmire of architectural practice. Brian is a regular guest on the podcast, dishing out advice to make every architect better informed and protected under the law.</p><p>On <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118367994/talking-multicultural-modernism-with-ehrlich-architects-on-archinect-sessions-episode-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Episode #1</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118367994/talking-multicultural-modernism-with-ehrlich-architects-on-archinect-sessions-episode-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3</a>,&nbsp;"Elizabeth Timme Gives no F*cks", Paul spoke with Brian about a landmark California Supreme Court case against SOM, that has massive repercussions for architects' liability. Listen below:</p><p></p><p>Or If the above embed doesn't work, <a href="https://soundcloud.com/archinect/brian-newman-archinect-sessions-legal-correspondent-on-contracts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>&nbsp;to listen.</p><p>Want to ask Brian something specifically, or suggest a future topic for him to cover on the podcast? Send your legal questions to us via email at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>, through&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;#archinectsessions, or leave a message at&nbsp;(213) 784-7421.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/118294015/som-wins-sixth-aia-twenty-five-year-award-with-the-exchange-house SOM wins sixth AIA Twenty-Five Year Award with the Exchange House Justine Testado 2015-01-14T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:28:08-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8b/8b3ikwfj1cz34q32.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8b/8b3ikwfj1cz34q32.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8b/8b3ikwfj1cz34q32.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8b/8b3ikwfj1cz34q32.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill can update their track record of AIA awards with the recent win of their sixth AIA Twenty-Five Year Award for the Exchange House at the Broadgate development in central London. Since 1969, the AIA bestows its sought-after Twenty-Five Year Award to a completed building that has continued to convey architectural design excellence and perseverance over the past 25-35 years.</p><p>Completed in 1990 following London's financial boom, the Broadgate Exchange House was the capstone of the Broadgate development and was built over the most complex location over the train tracks of the Liverpool Street Station. The 2015 AIA Twenty-Five Year Award jury awarded SOM for their simple and efficient structural solution that enabled the Exchange House to be realized over the challenging and historically rich site.</p><p>More info about the design below from SOM:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g8/g8gugm2fk2myjc3j.jpg"></p><p>"The structural and architectural solutions of Exchange House embrace the constraints of the site and uses them to fuel a soluti...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/114881770/michael-kimmelman-reviews-1-world-trade-center Michael Kimmelman Reviews 1 World Trade Center davvid 2014-11-30T13:14:00-05:00 >2017-10-17T20:48:14-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/af/af8m9x4a2mxuguf2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/af/af8m9x4a2mxuguf2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/af/af8m9x4a2mxuguf2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/af/af8m9x4a2mxuguf2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not so bad,&rdquo; offered an architect who has a window facing the building. Alas, it is. Like the corporate campus and plaza it shares, 1 World Trade speaks volumes about political opportunism, outmoded thinking and upside-down urban priorities. It&rsquo;s what happens when a commercial developer is pretty much handed the keys to the castle.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/102177825/som-and-entasis-chosen-to-design-scandinavia-s-tallest-tower-in-gothenburg-sweden SOM and Entasis chosen to design Scandinavia’s tallest tower in Gothenburg, Sweden Justine Testado 2014-06-18T16:29:00-04:00 >2014-06-19T01:42:19-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qv/qvvfk4ep32qs2zwu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qv/qvvfk4ep32qs2zwu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qv/qvvfk4ep32qs2zwu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qv/qvvfk4ep32qs2zwu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The London office of SOM and Copenhagen-based firm Entasis -- who collaborated with COWI in Denmark and Sweden -- was just announced as having the winning design for the Polestar Tower in Gothenburg, Sweden. Once built, the 230 m. structure will reportedly be Scandinavia's tallest tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100587198/finalists-announced-for-scandinavia-s-tallest-skyscraper-in-gothenburg-sweden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last update</a> on the Gothenburg tower competition, five star-studded finalist teams submitted their proposals under anonymity. SOM and Entasis went against teams led by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ian Simpson Architects, Wing&aring;rdhs Arkitektkontor, and Manuelle Gautrand Architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ok/ok8oatcqurf9bgnr.jpg"></p><p>"Commissioned by major contractor SERNEKE and the City of Gothenburg, this inspirational new residential scheme includes Sweden&rsquo;s tallest building, marking a shift from traditional development patterns in the country. Drawing on their experience as designers of 6 of the world&rsquo;s fifteen tallest buildings, SOM&rsquo;s design is highly efficient, both in terms of floor space and energy use, while still including apartments with views focused on the city and waterfront."</p><p>Read more about the design on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/som_and_entasis_chosen_to_design_scandinavias_tallest_tower_in_gothenburg_s/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/91686283/construction-of-new-nato-headquarters-in-brussel-overbudget Construction of New NATO Headquarters in Brussel Overbudget Alexander Walter 2014-01-20T14:35:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T15:41:30-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/12/12484524017e75a9cb60f916eb6aa9fb?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/12/12484524017e75a9cb60f916eb6aa9fb?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/12/12484524017e75a9cb60f916eb6aa9fb?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/12/12484524017e75a9cb60f916eb6aa9fb?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>NATO is building a new headquarters for one billion euros. But the construction consortium is in financial difficulties and the project is at risk of being halted.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Watch a 2008 video interview below with lead architect Jo Palma of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill discussing the ideas behind the design of the building.</p> <p> More European key projects in dire financial troubles:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86067568/ecb-headquarters-skyrocketing-costs-for-skyscraper-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ECB Headquarters: Skyrocketing Costs for Skyscraper Project</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75452818/starchitect-trio-the-men-behind-germany-s-building-debacles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles</a></li> </ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/91157264/som-designed-mumbai-airport-terminal-2-celebrates-its-inauguration SOM-designed Mumbai Airport Terminal 2 celebrates its inauguration Justine Testado 2014-01-13T18:34:00-05:00 >2014-01-14T00:39:37-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3djflqv5b84fe721.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3djflqv5b84fe721.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3djflqv5b84fe721.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3d/3djflqv5b84fe721.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> The Chhatrapatri Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2 designed by <a href="http://WWW.SOM.COM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings, &amp; Merrill</a> celebrated its opening late last week in Mumbai. India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, along with visiting dignitaries and representatives from the developer GVK, inaugurated the new terminal. The structure's design combines domestic and international services, reduces passenger walking distances, and adds 4.4 million square feet to accommodate the airport's 40 million passengers a year.<br><br> Here's some more details on the project:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l71y44j2fv9ou9hv.jpg" title=""><br><br> "Inspired by the form of traditional Indian pavilions, the four-story terminal stacks a grand "headhouse," or central processing podium, on top of highly adaptable and modular concourses below. Rather than compartmentalizing terminal functions, three symmetrical concourses radiate outwards from a central processing core and are therefore easily reconfigured to "swing" between serving domestic flights or international flights.<br><br> All international and domestic ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/80403315/editor-s-picks-330 Editor's Picks #330 Nam Henderson 2013-08-27T13:16:00-04:00 >2013-08-28T08:12:34-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ld/ld5gse2br9i1e0q1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ld/ld5gse2br9i1e0q1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ld/ld5gse2br9i1e0q1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ld/ld5gse2br9i1e0q1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> In the latest edition of the <strong>Student Works</strong> feature, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/80085213/student-works-building-soft-takes-on-the-l-a-river-s-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Soft takes on the L.A. River's infrastructure</a>,&nbsp;students from SWA&rsquo;s Summer Student Program presented projects such as; <em>Topo-Infrastructure for Health</em>, <em>Stairway to the Hill</em>, or <em>Performative Punk Playground</em>.</p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a> posted&nbsp;some information re:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79843738/la-federal-courthouse-under-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the new federal courthouse, by SOM, that will be located at the corner of First St. and Broadway in Downtown LA</a>.&nbsp;In an interview with the LA Times architect Craig Hartman explained "<em>The goal for us is to not make that security visually obtrusive, so you have a sense of openness and a generosity of public spirit</em>".</p> <p> <strong>sameolddoctor</strong> quipped "<em>This is great, we are back to the late 70s</em>"&nbsp;while first-time commentator <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/32343702/lesley-castle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lesley Castle</a>&nbsp;chimed in "<em>Not a fan from the looks of this.&nbsp; Could be better</em>".</p> <p> KCRW&rsquo;s Frances Anderton spoke with Raphael Sperry, Beverly Prior and Joe Day to answer <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79933910/should-architects-design-for-solitary-confinement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should Architects Design for Solitary Confinement?</a>&nbsp;Archinector <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/66765438/christine-pierron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christine Pierron</a>&nbsp;took a principled ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/80010418/spirit-of-space-presents-art-in-the-city-a-short-film-honoring-chicago-s-public-art Spirit of Space presents "Art in the City", a short film honoring Chicago's public art Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-21T20:26:00-04:00 >2013-08-28T03:14:02-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a1/a1raf1szf04fyrx2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a1/a1raf1szf04fyrx2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a1/a1raf1szf04fyrx2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a1/a1raf1szf04fyrx2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The success of a public work of art is measured not merely by aesthetics, but rather, by its magnetic qualities that inspire interaction. The art is a reflection of the City, the art becomes a part of the City, the art is instrumental in making the City.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Acting as poetic translators between cities and their citizens, the creative agency&nbsp;<a href="http://spiritofspace.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a>&nbsp;uses digital media to showcase humanity's built environment, consequently enhancing the citizen's self-awareness and appreciation of architectural space. Their film for Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill, entitled <em>Art in the City</em>, visits a selection of public art installations in Chicago, presenting the structures within an engaged society, with quotations from their creators superimposed on the footage.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z3/z3hshpc8o3bnaox4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Art in the City</em>'s perspective contextualizes the art as truly part of its city, rather than tightly framing it as an isolated portrait. While not an explicit critique of the public art, the film and featured quotations are bold strokes, meant to inspire dialogue and enthused interaction, but not push a specific argument. In line with Spirit of Space's agenda, the film provokes questions of public art's purpose, civic relationship, and whether it "succeeds". Inherent to these questions ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/79843738/la-federal-courthouse-under-construction LA Federal Courthouse under construction Justine Testado 2013-08-19T18:07:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T18:21:23-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fd/fdp89gb36z7fz959.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fd/fdp89gb36z7fz959.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fd/fdp89gb36z7fz959.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fd/fdp89gb36z7fz959.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> Since <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63275169/skidmore-owings-merrill-to-design-federal-courthouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we first announced</a> that <a href="https://www.som.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> was chosen to design the new federal courthouse in Downtown LA, construction for the new cubic courthouse at the corner of First Street and Broadway began on August 8.</p> <p> The approx. 600,000 square-foot building was proposed back in 2001 and approved by Congress for $400 million, but the project came to a halt in 2006 when the Government Accountability Office found that costs had tripled due to delays and design changes. The new $319 million courthouse -- designed by SOM in partnership with <a href="http://www.clarkconstruction.com/releases/entry/6133/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clark Construction</a> -- will be an addition to the revived Civic Center area, as reported by <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-property-report-20130801,0,517468.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the LA Times</a>.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r6/r69w2rfvbx38emq0.jpg" title=""><br><br> Aiming for LEED Platinum, the serrated fa&ccedil;ade of the "Cube" is designed to achieve a north/south orientation to maximize views while reducing solar heat gain by 47%. The building has water and electricity conservation strategies and a 400 kW roof-mounted photovoltaic array. Part of the courthouse's design is to appear floating over its...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/75507676/cayan-tower-world-s-highest-twisted-tower-opens-in-dubai Cayan Tower, world's highest twisted tower, opens in Dubai Archinect 2013-06-18T11:26:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T11:26:42-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gv/gvvsma8g1fbw4jmq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gv/gvvsma8g1fbw4jmq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gv/gvvsma8g1fbw4jmq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gv/gvvsma8g1fbw4jmq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Dubai ceremony marks inauguration of world's highest twisted tower. Saudi developer Cayan inaugurated late Monday the opening of the 73-story, one-thousand-and-seventeen-foot (310-meter) tall Cayan Tower in Dubai's prestigious Marina district.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Inspired by the structure of human DNA, each floor of the 272-million-U.S.-dollar (1 billion-Dirham) tower is rotated by one-point-two degrees to achieve the full 90-degree spiral, creating the shape of a helix.</p> <p> Dignitaries from diplomatic corps and Corporate Dubai joined the celebrations which closed in a gigantic fireworks display across Dubai's new tower and the Marina night-skyline.</p> <p> The emirate of Dubai also harbors the world's tallest hotel, the near one-thousand-two-hundred- foot (354.7-meter) tall J.W. Marriott Marquis.</p> <p> There's also the world's tallest residential tower, the Princess Tower reaching over one-thousand-three-hundred-feet (414 meters), a five-minute walk away from the twisted tower.</p> <p> Cayan Projects, estimated to be worth around 2.7 billion dollars (10-billion Saudi riyal) cover a wide spectrum of developments from exclusive residential to commercial projects.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/74511379/som-releases-timber-tower-research-project SOM releases Timber Tower Research Project Archinect 2013-06-03T15:37:00-04:00 >2013-06-07T13:18:24-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/acpsh8b7eqq8l97h.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/acpsh8b7eqq8l97h.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/acpsh8b7eqq8l97h.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/acpsh8b7eqq8l97h.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> <a href="http://www.som.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill LLP</a> today released <a href="https://www.som.com/publication/timber-tower-research-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Timber Tower Research Project</a>, an initiative sponsored by the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) to establish the structural viability of a 42-story-tall prototypical mass timber framed building. The structural solution is benchmarked against the existing concrete-framed DeWitt Chestnut Apartments in Chicago&mdash;a revolutionary structural solution when it was designed by SOM in 1965. The new prototype is a hybrid system that uses the most efficient structural combination of mass timber, concrete and steel to reduce the carbon footprint of the resulting design by between 60 and 75 percent when compared to the concrete benchmark.</p> <p> The genesis of the project lies in the fact that a tall building&rsquo;s embodied carbon footprint is significantly higher relative to low-rise buildings on a per square foot basis. This is exacerbated by the fact that tall buildings are almost exclusively constructed of concrete or steel&mdash;high-strength non-combustible materials...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/65617932/60-story-twin-towers-by-som-break-ground-in-manhattan 60-Story Twin Towers by SOM Break Ground in Manhattan HotSoup 2013-01-16T12:51:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:14:31-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zv/zv4rxmsg1t9azaoc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zv/zv4rxmsg1t9azaoc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zv/zv4rxmsg1t9azaoc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zv/zv4rxmsg1t9azaoc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;With today&rsquo;s groundbreaking, we&rsquo;re taking a major step forward in the transformation and rebirth of the Far West Side of Manhattan,&rdquo; Mayor Michael Bloomberg said from the podium at the corner of 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Hudson Yards is not the only megadevelopnment underway on Manhattan's Far West Side. Brookfield Properties (owners of the World Financial Center, Canary Wharf and Zuccotti Park), broke ground on Manhattan West, a 5.4-million-square foot development on a 5 acre site over a set of Penn Station rail road tracks. The centerpiece is two 60-story towers designed by SOM.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/63275169/skidmore-owings-merrill-to-design-federal-courthouse Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to Design Federal Courthouse Archinect 2012-12-12T15:21:00-05:00 >2012-12-16T22:02:32-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zd/zd8a27ebnojtkcg9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zd/zd8a27ebnojtkcg9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zd/zd8a27ebnojtkcg9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zd/zd8a27ebnojtkcg9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Federal officials this morning announced that Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill Architects has won the contract to build a $400 million Downtown courthouse. &ldquo;Today, the new federal courthouse is that much closer to becoming a reality for downtown Los Angeles,&rdquo; said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard in a prepared statement. The selection, she said, &ldquo;means we are moving toward the groundbreaking of a critically needed facility that will resolve long-standing security and space issues.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/59792515/editor-s-picks-287 Editor's Picks #287 Nam Henderson 2012-10-22T00:13:00-04:00 >2012-10-22T19:14:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lg/lget7lw0fjx3pqk1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lg/lget7lw0fjx3pqk1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lg/lget7lw0fjx3pqk1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lg/lget7lw0fjx3pqk1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> The latest Archinect ShowCase featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/59430856/showcase-cassia-co-op-training-centre-by-tyin-tegnestue-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cassia Co-op Training Centre by TYIN tegnestue Architects</a>. The project is located in Sungai Penuh, Sumatra, Indonesia.</p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59343276/cornell-unveils-new-nyc-tech-campus-by-som-and-morphosis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Observer reported on Cornell&rsquo;s plans (unveiled this week) for a brand new 12.5-acre tech campus on Roosevelt Island this week</a>. The master plan is by SOM and Field Operations, the first academic building is by Thom Mayne. <strong>snail</strong> commented "<em>So they would have us believe that a great center of future technological innovation will look like a standard tower-in-the-park development with a few curves thrown in, and an atrium borrowed from John Portman?</em>"</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vyzd37ut4paz6u5p.jpg" title=""></p> <p> For his part <strong>toasteroven</strong> thought &ldquo;<em>cornell is trying to recreate MIT's medialab in NYC - on an island - by making a fancy new campus - BEFORE they've even established the program?...The city is making such a huge deal about this - but it seems like it's primarily being used as a marketing ploy to sell NYC as a new tech hub or something...it seems like there's a...</em></p>