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Mixed Greens Series: Strategies for a Dynamic Sustainable Architecture

Mixed Greens Series: Strategies for a Dynamic Sustainable Architecture

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by Green Buildings Discussion Group, the Skyscraper Museum, Skanska and Autodesk


Speaker: Ross Wimer, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

This event is the first in the Mixed Greens lecture series, a program on sustainable design and skyscraper urbanism. The series features leading architects, engineers, and environmental consultants whose work in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. represents the state-of-the-art in high-performance high-rise design and green-building technology.


Mixed Greens is a collaboration between the Skyscraper Museum and the New York Academy of Sciences, and builds on the Museum's 2006 exhibition Green Towers for New York and the related lectures "Green Teams," available in a virtual archive at

The inaugural lecture, Environmental Contextualism: Strategies for a Dynamic Sustainable Architecture, is given by Ross Wimer, a design partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).

Ross Wimer has created innovative architectural projects in over 20 cities on five continents. Although the majority of these designs are for large scale mixed use programs such as Leamouth Peninsula London, Infinity Dubai, and Z3 Shanghai, Mr. Wimer's projects are dramatically diverse. Examples range from city planning as in the 93 hectare Marina Bay Master Plan, to airport design as in Changi Airport Terminal 3, to industrial design as in the New York Standard Streetlight and door hardware for Valli & Valli Spa.

Since joining SOM in 1995 Mr. Wimer has worked to integrate the rigor and logic of engineering into his designs. Environmental sustainability and expressive structure typically help define the aesthetic of his architecture. His projects have been published widely, exhibited at the Venice Biennale, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York and have received numerous awards, including three PA awards.