Striving to redefine the concept of urban recycling, The City of Chicago’s Green Initiatives Committee put together a juried competition with the Chicago AIA Young Architects Forum to develop a new receptacle system that would address problems with the city’s current approach. (See Jill’s earlier post announcing the call for entries.) Participants examined all aspects of recycling- from behavioral patterns, to collection, to operational costs- to design a comprehensive container to be used throughout Chicago, expanding the city’s ideas about reuse and advancing sustainable practice.
The receptacles built by the 25 finalists, including the three winners, will be displayed as part of the city of Chicago’s Live Green exhibition, which began on October 14. Already the competition has proved not only successful in its own right, but valuable on a growing scale; New York City officials have contacted the chair of the Young Architects Forum for ideas about holding a similar competition in New York.