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Describing A Sustainable Future for the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River Region

In an earlier post to this blog, Rick Findlay talked about the importance of being able to imagine a sustainable future for the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River Region. In this posting, he describes how we might achieve this future and point to some of the exciting new initiatives that are emerging.  

Describing A Sustainable Future for  the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River Region

Helpful Initiatives for Regional Sustainability are Emerging

If we cannot imagine a future that will sustain us and future generations for the next 100 years, how will we possibly be able to achieve that future? We need to ask ourselves what assets we have now in the region, and what will we need to do to protect and enhance those assets, in order to sustain future generations? What kind of a vision can we develop and how can we make sure that it will be helpful and sustainable, itself? How do we develop and sustain a public process of engagement that will continue to advance such a vision? How do we challenge all sectors to be a part of achieving this vision? How do we manage to do this in a region that shares jurisdictional responsibilities between two nations, eight States, two Provinces and hundreds of cities?

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November 11, 2011   Comments Off

SOM’s Great Lakes effort receives Special Recognition at AIA Chicago Designight

Great Lakes vision among an unprecedented 10 awards for the firm

Chicago, IL, USA, October 28, 2011 – A three-story granite staircase suspended from the 154th floor, four ancient Chinese villages giving a 400,000-student “campus” its character, a “green” high rise lifting out of Hong Kong mid-rise density on a “tree trunk,” and an initiative to revitalize the environment and economy of the two-nation Great Lakes region indicate the depth and breadth of the work of the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP(SOM) honored this evening by an unprecedented 10 Design Excellence Awards from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The 10 award-winning projects recognize the synergy of design and high performance SOM celebrates as the collaboration among its practices – architecture, structural engineering, city design, interior design and sustainable and MEP engineering. This comprehensive approach to innovative design excellence is the SOM hallmark of the firm which is to be celebrated tonight during AIA Chicago’s Designight at Chicago’s Navy Pier Grand Ballroom. SOM won at least one award in every award category offered by the AIA.

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Four members of the Great Lakes team

November 6, 2011   2 Comments