At the end of World War II, SOM undertook what would be one of its foundational urban design projects: creating a plan for the “atom bomb city” of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. For the bucolic site, SOM conceived a well-orchestrated network of roads lined with prefabricated homes, dormitories, schools, and stores. The master plan marked both an important step in the evolution of American urban planning and a catalyzing agent for the firm to think about the processes and principles of urban planning.
Oak Ridge New Town Master Plan
1946Award for Town DesignChemical and Metallurgical Engineering
1945CertificateU.S. War Department