Gallery: Chicago Environmental Center is a Carbon Neutral Urban Nest

 

The area south of Chicago has long been a vast patchwork of natural land, industry and working class neighborhoods. But the soon to be built Ford Calumet Environmental Center explores the city’s wildlife corridor by collecting the discarded materials across the region, like a nest, to create an education and observation center. Located within Hegewisch Marsh, a 130-acre wetland undergoing ecological restoration, the center is anticipated to host 100,000 visitors a year within a new, LEED Platinum facility. This site-sensitive design by Studio Gang is already being herald as a milestone in 21st century public architecture.

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