September 3rd : Skyscraper Day was chosen as a day to celebrate building of tall habitable structures. It is the birthday of architect Louis H. Sullivan, who called the “father of skyscrapers” as he is considered to have designed the first ones in his home town of Chicago. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, better known as SOM of the US is one of the world leading architecture and engineering firms. www.som.com has produced the design of residential tower that is object of the article below.
Commemoration of September 11, 2001, where nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center (WTC) twin Towers in New York took place yesterday.
First and foremost, an overwhelming majority of structural engineers agree that the tragedies of September 11 were the result of a terrorist attack that caused catastrophic damage to WTC 1 and 2 as explained by William Kotterman, Licensed Engineer (SE, PE) in San Francisco in his writing dated 10 September 2013. The construction industry is traditionally known for its slow adoption of new technology and innovation. But at SOM as evidenced by the following story, innovative thinking is obviously being encouraged so as to create that well known competitive advantage.