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WMS Boathouse at Clark Park by Studio Gang Architects, Chicago

WMS Boathouse at Clark Park by Studio Gang Architects, Chicago | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The 22,600-square-foot boathouse, which cost $8.8 million to construct, continues to demonstrate Gang's interest in the Chicago River and her commitment to turning the much-abused waterway into a public amenity.

Sustainable-design strategies were woven in throughout the project—from planting a pair of small “rain gardens” and using permeable concrete on the plaza (so no rainwater runs off the site) to providing enough daylighting to reduce dependence on electric fixtures...

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Abandoned Warehouse in Chicago Undergoes Green Renovation To Become LEED Platinum Office

Abandoned Warehouse in Chicago Undergoes Green Renovation To Become LEED Platinum Office | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The new headquarters of Walsh Construction is an abandoned warehouse in Chicago converted into an amazing LEED Platinum and Energy Star rated office space by SCB Architects.

This enormous abandoned warehouse in Chicago's West Loop has been converted into an amazing LEED Platinum and Energy Star-rated office space. The new headquarters of Walsh Construction -- one of Chicago's largest construction firms -- looks like it was a pretty challenging project to transform a three-story concrete frame into a four-story, energy-efficient green renovation. The wythe brick building has been fully redesigned by architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz, becoming the city's first building to use SolarDuct solar thermal technology to preheat outdoor air, and it's also capped with a green roof...

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Green Catalyst - Energy Efficiency, Technology

Green Catalyst - Energy Efficiency, Technology | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A 2003 AIA COTE Top Ten project, the Chicago Center for Green Technology may have helped kick-start the city's green-building boom.
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CO2ngress Towers: Reducing air pollution in Chicago + increasing public awareness

CO2ngress Towers:  Reducing air pollution in Chicago + increasing public awareness | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

“Every day, 77,000 carbon-emitting vehicles fly past the Congress Parkway interchange, polluting the air. This project creates a gateway over the corridor that filters air and fuels a new breed of car for its residents.”

Aimed to increase public awareness and improve public health, the CO2ngress Gateway Towers absorb the CO2 emissions from passing cars, which is fed to algae grown in the building. The algae then helps with the processing of biofuels which supply the building residents’ eco-friendly cars.

The two towers split and converge at the top to create an iconic gateway to the city. A bridge joins the two towers and contains a public restaurant with views of neighboring buildings. Pedestrian connections are landscaped at the base, giving a human scale to a car-centric urban identity.

Additionally, the double-skin facade helps reduce traffic noise and offers enclosed balconies. Natural cross-ventilation of the units is enabled through the building’s atrium. The terraces are enclosed by bio-reactor tubes which grow the algae responsible for biofuel processing...

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Samantha Hedrick's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:31 PM

I thought that this article was really cool that Chicago was going to build these towers as the gateway to this city. At the same time, I thought it was cool that it acts as a CO2 remover. It sucks up the carbon dioxide from the vehicles of the city and gets rid of it. I think it would be great if other cities could do this also to reduce the pollution.

Kenzie Nossaman's comment, October 4, 2013 9:19 AM
After reading this article I thought it was really cool that Chicago is trying to make a difference. I didn't know that a simple building could make should a huge difference. This article is very interesting!
abbby grace oberg's curator insight, August 26, 9:41 AM

This is important for people to know just encase they go to the same place as it is happening.

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Carbon Thrifty - The New York Times

Carbon Thrifty - The New York Times | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Frances Whitehead and James Elniski's house in Chicago was built using a number of green technologies.

"We're trying to come up with a picture of the future, and we think this is what it will look like," said Ms. Whitehead. "Not stylistically, but in terms of the complex systems that we will all undoubtedly use for the collection of water and the micro-generation of energy."

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