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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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Glowing Solar-Powered Buckyball Sculpture Illuminates the Art Institute of Chicago With Moonlight

Glowing Solar-Powered Buckyball Sculpture Illuminates the Art Institute of Chicago With Moonlight

Finch has long been fascinated with the moon, specifically the light cast off of our "night light" in the sky. In July 2011, Finch took his trusty colorimeter, a device that measures the average color and

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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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Studio Gang’s Curvaceous Wood Pavilion at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo

Studio Gang’s Curvaceous Wood Pavilion at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo

Image © Beth Zacherle Studio Gang Architects' design for the South Pond Pavilion was inspired by the tortoise shell. It features pre-fabricated wooden planks that have been interconnected and milled

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C3 Chicago Prefab is a Cost-Effective and Sustainable Urban Housing Solution

C3 Chicago Prefab is a Cost-Effective and Sustainable Urban Housing Solution

The C3 is a three-bedroom, three-bath house located in an urban setting and is surrounded by other houses. The 2,039 sq ft, two-story home enjoys a small yard and garden, as well as an internal and very

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US Census Reveals the Top 10 US Cities for Mass Transit Commuting

US Census Reveals the Top 10 US Cities for Mass Transit Commuting

The Census Bureau just released a report on the commuting behavior of Americans in 2009. The commuting report is part of the American Community Survey, and it details the average commute time for

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Chicago to Replace Old Yellow Streetlights With Energy-Efficient Lamps

Chicago to Replace Old Yellow Streetlights With Energy-Efficient Lamps

Fly into either of Chicago's major airports at night and you'll be greeted by the sight of a glowing grid with neat rows of yellow-orange streetlights stretching as far as the eye can see. The grid isn't

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8 Affordable Chicago Eco Apartment Buildings Achieve Economies of Scale

8 Affordable Chicago Eco Apartment Buildings Achieve Economies of Scale

As a way of bringing the price per unit down, Bickerdike made use of economies of scale by building 8 apartment buildings rather than just one. The buildings range from 6 to 27 units each and area all a

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Chicago Children’s Center Has a Stratified Facade Made of Donated Concrete

Chicago Children’s Center Has a Stratified Facade Made of Donated Concrete

Tight budgets often lead to very creative thinking, which is what Studio Gang had to employ to build this two-story, 16,800 sq ft facility. Faced with unknown and uncertain materials, the firm had to be

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Chicago’s New Mayor Makes Major Headway for the City’s Recycling Program

Chicago’s New Mayor Makes Major Headway for the City’s Recycling Program

It’s hard to believe, but less than half of Chicago's residents currently have access to the city's recycling service. A program initiated in 2008 gave blue carts to a third of city residents for weekly

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The Best Green Designs from NeoCon 2011!

The Best Green Designs from NeoCon 2011!

Turnstone is a modern and youthful brand from Steelcase office furnishings. Their newest office system includes bent sheet metal bike and skateboard storage racks complete with coat hooks, and even a

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Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Part of an effort to empower residents in their Chicago neighborhood, long time friends Jeff Munie and Bill Vassilakis conceptualized a mobile, participatory research center that will capture the stories,

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Crystalline Domed Mansueto Library Features Robotic Book Retrieval System

Crystalline Domed Mansueto Library Features Robotic Book Retrieval System

A large egg-shaped glass dome blankets the airy 8,000 sq ft reading room, which provides study space for 180 students. Also inside the dome are three glass research cubicles for students to use in

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Tree Theory Bags: Origami-Style Carryalls That Minimize Waste

Tree Theory Bags: Origami-Style Carryalls That Minimize Waste

There are few bags that manage to forgo the manufacturing process of sewing, but Strand Design has created a range of bags that does just that. Believing that their products need to adhere to a

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Amazing HaitiSOFTHOUSE Provides Immediate Disaster Relief for Communities

Amazing HaitiSOFTHOUSE Provides Immediate Disaster Relief for Communities

After a massive 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti last year, architects and designers immediately took to the drawing boards to develop projects to reconstruct the devastated island. While many creative designs

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The Best Green Products from the 2011 International Housewares Show

The Best Green Products from the 2011 International Housewares Show

This potato brush by Full Circle infuses an everyday object with a lot of personality! It is specially designed to fit in the palm and has a unique corer tool to quickly and easily remove potato

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Chicago Home Renovation Receives the Most LEED Points Ever Recorded

Chicago Home Renovation Receives the Most LEED Points Ever Recorded

The Chicago, IL Helenowski Residence was gutted and all the inefficient systems, insulation and appliances were removed. Soy based spray foam insulation with no CFCL's was sprayed into the walls for extra

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Chic Antique Offers Unique Vintage Furniture in Chicago

Chic Antique Offers Unique Vintage Furniture in Chicago

Crystal Blackshaw opened Chic Antique, a new store in Chicago specializing in one-of-a-kind refurbished vintage furniture to offer green alternatives to mass-produced, cookie cutter home furnishings. She

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The Best Sustainable Designs From Greenbuild Day 3

The Best Sustainable Designs From Greenbuild Day 3

To celebrate and honor the residents of the lower 9th ward, Bill McDonough spoke about his involvement in the Make it Right project. Together with Brad Pitt, he managed the development of 150 LEED

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Greenbuild 2010 Kicks Off Tomorrow in Chicago!

Greenbuild 2010 Kicks Off Tomorrow in Chicago!

Heads up eco architects, green designers, and sustainable builders! Tomorrow marks the start of one of the year's biggest sustainable design conferences - Greenbuild 2010! Team Inhabitat is on the

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Chicago Honors Exceptional Eco Projects With Greenworks Awards

Chicago Honors Exceptional Eco Projects With Greenworks Awards

Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo This project includes a 14-acre revitalization of the pond located at Lincoln Park's Zoo. The half-mile walkway is openly accessible to all visitors. 90% of the

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Chicago Fieldhouse Hits a Home Run for Green Design

Chicago Fieldhouse Hits a Home Run for Green Design

The Chicago Park District called on architectural firm Booth Hansen to prototype a sustainable and innovative space for fitness, and the result is this beautiful modern fieldhouse. Many eco-minded

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FEEDER: An Elevated Highway Farm to Feed Chicago

FEEDER: An Elevated Highway Farm to Feed Chicago

The lack of farmland in Chicago means that food must be transported further and further to reach the population. And while it takes 12.5 acres of land to feed one person for a year with traditional

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Inhabitat Tours the Incredible Healthy Home 2010!

Inhabitat Tours the Incredible Healthy Home 2010!

Maintaining a high level of indoor air quality starts before you even enter a home -- the first point in Healthy Child Healthy World's 5 steps for a healthy and safe home is to avoid pesticides. Chemicals

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Solstice on the Park: Shimmering Chicago High Rise Made for Shade

Solstice on the Park: Shimmering Chicago High Rise Made for Shade

Solstice on the Park will have 26 stories and 145 apartments when it is complete. Each living space is chiseled to create a self-shaded south-facing surface to keep the sun out in the summer, reducing air

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Green Roof City is a Giant Vegetated Ramp for Chicago

Green Roof City is a Giant Vegetated Ramp for Chicago

Currently, Depaul University and its student housing are in two separate buildings split by Van Buren Street and the elevated rail system. Green Roof City would tie the two plots together, offering a

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Vertical Farm Concept is a Green Gateway for Chicago

Vertical Farm Concept is a Green Gateway for Chicago

The Chicago Gateway is composed of two vertical mixed-use towers supported by a leaning tower covered in a green roof. Offices and commercial space would reside in the vertical towers and residences in

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Rain Barrel Art Raises Water Awareness in Chicago

Rain Barrel Art Raises Water Awareness in Chicago

A collection of artfully-decorated rain barrels landed at the Chicago Center for Green Technology after traveling to different eco events around the city last year. Named Recycle the Raindrops, the

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Chicago Parking Garage Harvests Energy From Windy City Gusts

Chicago Parking Garage Harvests Energy From Windy City Gusts

Located at the corner of Kinzie and Clark Streets, the wind energy system consists of 12 paired vertical axis wind turbines, which twist like candy poles at a barber shop while harnessing moving air from

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Art on Track Invades Chicago’s Elevated Trains This Weekend!

Art on Track Invades Chicago’s Elevated Trains This Weekend!

We love seeing eye-catching eco art installations hit the road, so we were excited to hear that Chicago's Art onTrack program is bringing the delicious spirit of decoration to they city's famed elevated

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