As cities begin to reopen during the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic, returning to our shared workspaces will require patience, determination, and careful planning. We have sought to develop strategies that will reestablish our ability to convene safely, and in a way that will enhance our work going forward.
As architects and urban designers, we see the threat of wildfires as intrinsically connected with community planning, design, and policy decisions. With a focus on the challenges ahead for California, this document puts forward best-practice design guidelines for settlement patterns, urban design strategies, and architectural considerations that could strengthen resilience against wildfire.
In partnership with the European Space Agency and faculty at MIT, SOM is engaged in a collaborative endeavor to design and master plan the first full-time human settlement on the Moon. Presented at the 70th International Astronautical Congress, this paper outlines the goals and summarizes the key design, planning, and engineering considerations.
This report discusses the development of a prototype for anonymously collecting empirical data on room occupancy and circulation patterns for indoor environments. The report is the initial phase of a larger proposal to develop a design methodology that can supplement manual and subjective methods of evaluating interior design decisions.
"Post Occupancy Evaluation Survey Report" confirms that Post Occupancy Evaluations (POEs) are becoming an increasingly popular tool for architects of sustainable buildings. The report tallies sustainable design leaders' current use of POE, as well as their desire to conduct evaluations on a larger scale in the near future.
The new Integrated Terminal Building at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport combines international and domestic operations at one of the busiest airports in India. The 410,000-square-meter building, being constructed at the site of the existing terminal, will achieve a capacity of 40 million passengers per annum upon completion in 2014. This paper looks at the structural innovations incorporated into the design of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport's Integrated Terminal Building.
By maintaining the master model as a platform-free software code, in contrast to platform-dependent methods, this case study illuminates the advantages of documenting the generative logic behind design variations in a way that allows greater flexibility and a higher level of alignment with design intent.
With rapid changes in technologies, the challenge is not to find individuals who know how to use the latest BIM product but to find those who have a clear understanding of the fundamentals and are able to adapt. This paper looks at the development of innovative new technologies as a result of SOM's partnerships with universities.
A new office complex on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, harnesses energy from an abundant resource in the country that many architectural solutions overlook — the sun. This paper discusses how SOM's design manages to meet two seemingly conflicting objectives: maximizing shading while using daylight as an energy source.
In this paper from 1965, Fazlur R. Khan, one of the greatest structural engineers of the 20th century, examines the various aspects of efficient multi-story structures. He references the latest code established by the American Institute of Steel Construction, pointing out different interpretations in several individual cases.