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Decarbonizing Chicago's Loop


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Architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill have released a plan that would decarbonize and ultimately reduce carbon emissions by 100% for new and renovated buildings by 2030. Chicago has been no stranger to making the city green as it is one of the leading cities in turning rooftops to natural green areas.

Here's what's included in the plan:

  • Completing and linking a below-grade pedway system that would make the Loop more walkable in extreme weather conditions
  • Creating a green corridor and below-grade inter-modal axis on Monroe Street that would offer a place of respite for residents, commuters and visitors
  • Repurposing the Loop’s underground tunnels as a pneumatic waste disposal system
  • Extending the existing Chicago riverwalk and bicycle paths to increase mobility within the Loop

The area included is bordered by the Chicago River on the west and north, Congress on the south and Lake Michigan on the east:


You can view renderings of some of the ideas on their website here:

^ The above link also includes a link to download the PDF for the plan.


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