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Top 10 Eco Products from the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Top 10 Eco Products from the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Expanding on their line of flat-pack water bottles, Vapur has introduced MicroFilter, a filter that safely removes 99.99% of bacteria and organic matter. Filtering up to 1,000 liters over its lifespan,

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Data From Google Earth Helps to Uncover Chicago’s Hidden Urban Farms

Data From Google Earth Helps to Uncover Chicago’s Hidden Urban Farms

Google Earth has already been helpful in such endeavors as monitoring the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and determining the location of landmines. Now, advocates of urban agriculture are using the

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1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way For New Adaptive Reuse Office

1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way For New Adaptive Reuse Office

When Fulton Street Cold Storage building was built in 1923 it was one of the most technologically advanced refrigeration buildings with elevators, cork insulation, sprinkler system and ammonia

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Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

Not only are Specimen's horn speakers visually intriguing with their flared newsprint protrusion, but they project larger-than-life sound using only 3 watts of power. The technology employed was common in

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The Retrofit Chicago Challenge Gets Skyscrapers to Go Green

The Retrofit Chicago Challenge Gets Skyscrapers to Go Green

Photo via Shutterstock The Windy City is rapidly becoming one of the greenest in the U.S., thanks to its Retrofit Chicago Building Initiative. 14 major commercial buildings have stepped up to the plate

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Amtrak Revs Up High Speed Rail Service Between Chicago and St. Louis

Amtrak Revs Up High Speed Rail Service Between Chicago and St. Louis

Photo by Shutterstock Amtrak passengers between St. Louis and Chicago will be treated to new highs in the world of train travel. Just last week, Amtrak announced that it is revving up its high speed

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Amputee Uses Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg to Climb Chicago’s Willis Tower

Amputee Uses Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg to Climb Chicago’s Willis Tower

Climbing 103 flights of stairs without collapse is a noteworthy achievement for any human being, but when said human only has one leg, it's nothing short of miraculous. Thirty-one year-old Zac Vawter lost

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Healthy Home Chicago: Inhabitat Gets a First Look Inside Amazing Green Chicago Home

Healthy Home Chicago: Inhabitat Gets a First Look Inside Amazing Green Chicago Home

This masterpiece home began as a plea from a young couple fed up with not being able to find a healthy home where they could raise their daughter, and soon expected second baby. For those not familiar

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Jeanne Gang Pitches Adaptive Reuse Proposal for Chicago’s Threatened Prentice Women’s Hospital

Jeanne Gang Pitches Adaptive Reuse Proposal for Chicago’s Threatened Prentice Women’s Hospital

New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and architect Jeanne Gang both waded into one of Chicago's biggest preservation battles this week in an effort to save Prentice Women's Hospital,

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Chicago Unveils the “Greenest Street in America” with Permeable, Smog-Eating Pavement

Chicago Unveils the “Greenest Street in America” with Permeable, Smog-Eating Pavement

Last week, Chicago officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on “the greenest street in America,” a two-mile stretch of Cermak Road and Blue Island Avenue in the city’s Pilsen

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Construction To Begin on Chicago’s Elevated Bloomingdale Trail Next Summer

Construction To Begin on Chicago’s Elevated Bloomingdale Trail Next Summer

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates presented the team's latest renderings and plans for the Bloomingdale Trail and park to the public last week. This was the last chance for public comment before final

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Perimeter Architects’ Yao Residence Turns its Back on Chicago Transit Noise

Perimeter Architects’ Yao Residence Turns its Back on Chicago Transit Noise

This 3000 square-foot renovation, which was completed in August 2010, was recently recognized by the National AIA as a Small Project Award Winner for 2012. The dramatic transformation performed by Tuscany

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Construction to Begin on Studio Gang’s Ambitious Northerly Island Park in Chicago

Construction to Begin on Studio Gang’s Ambitious Northerly Island Park in Chicago

Northerly Island was part of Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago; it was one of several manmade islands included in the plan, but it ended up being the only one that was actually built. In 2003,

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Former Cold Storage Warehouse in Chicago To Be Transformed into a Glass-Clad Office Building

Former Cold Storage Warehouse in Chicago To Be Transformed into a Glass-Clad Office Building

The former cold storage building is one of the larger buildings in the West Loop / Fulton Market, and it's a fixture of the neighborhood skyline. Judging from the renderings, the adaptive-reuse plan will

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Clean Tower Conceptual High-Rise Would Return Filtered Water to the Chicago River

Clean Tower Conceptual High-Rise Would Return Filtered Water to the Chicago River

The Chicago River served as a dumping ground and an open-air sewer for much of the city's history, and until recently, most downtown developments turned their backs to the river. The Clean Tower concept

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Chicago’s New Morgan Station is the First CTA Transit Stop in 15 Years

Chicago’s New Morgan Station is the First CTA Transit Stop in 15 Years

Chicago's new Morgan Station has been open for a month now, and it serves as a gateway to the city's central Loop. There used to be an old station in the exact same spot from 1893 to 1948 until it was

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Art on Track Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Transform CTA Train into Mobile Art Gallery

Art on Track Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Transform CTA Train into Mobile Art Gallery

Art on Track is an innovative forum where under-represented artists can go wild and design an installation that is unlike the traditional white-box gallery.  The exhibition repurposes a public train,

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Report Finds Great Lakes Ice Cover Has Decreased a Whopping 71 Percent in 40 Years

Report Finds Great Lakes Ice Cover Has Decreased a Whopping 71 Percent in 40 Years

If you live near the Great Lakes, you've probably noticed that recently they've been better suited to kayaking than ice fishing. A new report published by the American Meteorological Society now confirms

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Chicago Unveils Plans for the Elevated Bloomingdale Trail Park in the Sky

Chicago Unveils Plans for the Elevated Bloomingdale Trail Park in the Sky

The Bloomingdale rail line once served as an important transport corridor, but was then abandoned in the early 1990s. Since the late '90s, the idea has been floating around to convert the elevated rail

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Was This Free Chicago Recycling Program Squashed by City Politics?

Was This Free Chicago Recycling Program Squashed by City Politics?

A free public recycling program in Chicago was recently halted by Mayor Rahm Emmaunel, and the development has been causing quite a stir. The recycling cans were installed at some of the trendy Wicker

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PierESCAPE: Aedas Envisions a Series of Outdoor “Dock-Like Extensions” for Navy Pier in Chicago

PierESCAPE: Aedas Envisions a Series of Outdoor “Dock-Like Extensions” for Navy Pier in Chicago

Aedas Architects and a team of other world-class consultants and designers have conceived of PierESCAPE: a series of outdoor “dock-like extensions” aimed at revitalizing Chicago’s famous

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Toyota to Unveil Life-Size Monopoly Driving Track at Chicago Auto Show

Toyota to Unveil Life-Size Monopoly Driving Track at Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show is just around the corner and the word on the street is that Toyota, already the leader in green car design, is poised to steal the show by premiering their latest hybrid designs on

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AECOM + BIG Unveil Plans to Revamp Chicago’s Navy Pier with a Vertical Farm and Roof Gardens

AECOM + BIG Unveil Plans to Revamp Chicago’s Navy Pier with a Vertical Farm and Roof Gardens

Although Navy Pier is the top tourist attraction in Illinois, Chicago residents will tell you that in its current state the pier is feeling dated, kitschy and, well, cheesy. First and foremost, the

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Invasive Species Threat Inspires Jeanne Gang to Reimagine Chicago’s South Side

Invasive Species Threat Inspires Jeanne Gang to Reimagine Chicago’s South Side

When an environmental problem arises and the Army Corps of Engineers fails to act, leave it to an architect to pick up the reins. The Great Lakes, a vital source of fresh water, are threatened by Asian

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Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Working towards the Chicago DeCarbonization Plan, Influx_Studio came up with the idea to retrofit Marina City Towers into a renewable powerhouse and incorporate algae production technologies as a way to

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Chicago’s Poetry Foundation is a Striking Daylit Space Worthy of an Ode

Chicago’s Poetry Foundation is a Striking Daylit Space Worthy of an Ode

Located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, the new home for the Poetry Foundation is a building in dialogue with a garden. The courtyard garden acts as another room inside the space and serves as

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Digitas Decks Out Its Inspiring Chicago Office with Salvaged Factory Materials and Urban Graffiti

Digitas Decks Out Its Inspiring Chicago Office with Salvaged Factory Materials and Urban Graffiti

We remember a time when furnishings made from salvaged materials were considered too avant-garde for mainstream businesses, but international ad agency Digitas proves that era is all in the past with

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