On April 24th, 2019, “Beyond the Structure” (“+ Allá de la Estructura”) opened in Madrid. Presented in collaboration with Fundación COAM, the exhibition highlighted the integration of SOM’s structural engineering practice with architectural design, exploring the idea that engineers and architects practice a spatial poetry of inquiry, experimentation, and ingenuity.
As part of the opening event, SOM Partners Mark Sarkisian and Kent Jackson presented a lecture titled “Beyond the Structure.” The engineer and architect discussed the design philosophies behind SOM’s work, as well as current projects and emerging ideas within the firm’s structural engineering practice.
Following this, Sarkisian and SOM Director Dmitri Jajich joined a panel discussion with local architects Carlos Rubio, Jose Maria Ezquiaga, Rafael de la Hoz, and Rosa Cervera. Titled “Beyond the Horizon,” the panel conversation focused on the theme of cities in the future. Panelists shared insights on height and density, building with fewer materials, shape optimization, and the role of mixed-use residential developments, among other topics. Journalist Anatxu Zabalbeascoa moderated the panel.
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