Architecture Party at the Water Tower!  No, Really.
Aug26

Architecture Party at the Water Tower! No, Really.

If you’ve looked at the “Hang in there, kitty!” calendar tacked to your cubicle partition you may have noticed that posted in proximity to the perilously pendulous puss is a fat red circle around Saturday, September 14th. As a good student of Chicago architecture, we don’t have to tell you what that day means.  But in case you spent the majority of freshman history class doodling cranes and girders protruding...

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New Part of Chicago’s Flood Protection System Gets Its First Workout
Jan18

New Part of Chicago’s Flood Protection System Gets Its First Workout

Remember when it rained last week and all the snow began to melt?  You can thank a new bit of Chicago’s deep tunnel system for keeping that mess out of your basement. For the first time, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District used its McCook Reservoir in southwest suburban Hodgkins to slurp up excess runoff until it could be treated and flushed down Saint Lous way. When fully complete, McCook will have a total capacity of...

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Does a Swale By Any Other Name Clean Chicago So Green?
Oct17

Does a Swale By Any Other Name Clean Chicago So Green?

In urban architecture, swales are all the rage.  Over the last few years there has been an explosion of buildings and public spaces in Chicago using the cleansing power of nature to turn runoff into clean water. Students at a South Loop school are learning about this green building trend thanks to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, which has helped them build a “rain garden” (Chicago for “swale”) at...

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