Last time (part 2), we visited a Chicago rooftop during the summer of 2007, where buckwheat sways in the breeze, collard greens with leaves as broad as a chair seat flourish, and tomatoes and peppers ripen, all in view of a passing elevated train. This time, we visit a state-of-the-art Chicago high school where the windows of a special needs classroom once looked out onto a barren, uninspiring landscape.
Last time (part 1), we were introduced to Urban Habitat Chicago, took off our shoes, and stretched our feet on an edible lawn. This time, we visit a Chicago rooftop during the summer of 2007, where buckwheat sways in the breeze, collard greens with leaves as broad as a chair seat flourish, and tomatoes and peppers ripen, all in view of a passing elevated train.
In the fall of 1862, crops were disappearing, mysteriously, from the fields around the tranquil Shaker community at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.
A watch was ordered over several nights to see what was happening when the incident was brought to the attention of the governing Elders and Eldresses. The Battle of Perryville, Kentucky on October 8, 1862, brought the Civil War within seventeen miles of the close-knit, pacifist community’s doorstep. Soldiers from both Union and Confederate armies, it was revealed, were stealing the crops from the fields at night. [Read more…] about Urban Habitat Chicago Redux: 10 years of productive urban landscapes (part 1 of 3)
City parks are more than pretty outdoor spaces — research shows they can also be critical to improving a community’s health. In fact, from the earliest days of their implementation, parks have been tools for boosting air quality, encouraging safe physical recreation, reducing disease and discouraging crime, according to the George Wright Forum. [Read more…] about How City Park Design Contributes to Resident Health
The 2nd annual workshop of the Urban Sciences Research Coordination Network on June 11, 2014 in Chicago didn’t exactly set out to rival Spring Awakening – a thumpin’ electronic dance music festival occurring a few days later – but it turns out that social scientists, computer scientists, and young urban partygoers (Fig. 1) have much more in common than at first blush. [Read more…] about City of Big Data: Creators and Interpreters
One of America’s most notable characteristics is the architecture that dots its landscape. Like all aesthetically appealing designs, successful American architecture works with the environment around it in a harmonious fashion. This makes it easy to distinguish the truly great architecture from the well-intentioned executions that didn’t quite succeed. Here are some of the greatest American designs and what makes them noteworthy. [Read more…] about America’s Greatest Designs
A year ago, the Chicago Transit Authority unveiled its Train Tracker system, which enables riders with computers or smartphones to look up estimated arrival times on all trains. [Read more…] about CTA Train Tracker System Now Primed for Texters
Chicago construction crews are up to their necks in water main projects thanks to aggressive 10-year plan by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to replace the aging infrastructure. [Read more…] about Chicago’s Aggressive Water Main Replacement Program Gets Underway
Chicago – The Pullman Park Project broke ground Monday with the help of a $4.6 million dollar state grant, which includes federal disaster recovery funds as a result of 2008 flooding. The giant [Read more…] about Pullman Park Project Breaks Ground
A campaign to “Save the Dome” is underway at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Over $3 million is being sought to repair and reinforce the central dome, south tower, and parapet of this magnificent structure. [Read more…] about Save The Dome!