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city of the future

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a while back the history channel came to three cities across the united states to put on a design charette with some of the top local architecture and urban design firms.  the topic was what should the respective city look like in 100 years.  a finalist from new york, chicago, and los angeles were then put in a head to head competition via online voting.  while all the proposals were extremely innovative (and certainly filled with great eye candy) chicago’s entry was recently awarded the top prize.  designed by urban lab, the scheme features a system of eco-boulevards in which biologically natural processes are engaged to purify water.  the problem is all to credible: the most valuable resource will be water.  the solution is elegant: create a system of eco-boulevards spreading throughout the city to function as a, “giant living machine.”  this living machine will treat 100% of chicago’s wastewater and rainwater runoff using plants, invertebrates, other animals, and microorganisms in a natural process.  this closed loop natural water purification system is fascinating.  imagine the aesthetics of these natural wetlands running their course throughout a dense midwestern city.  congratulations goes out to sarah dunn, martin felsen, and all the other folks over there at urban lab for their phenomenally innovative, aesthetically pleasing, and extremely sustainable proposal.

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9 February 2007 - Posted by | architecture, green, society, urban planning

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