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Infrastructures for Change Workshop 2010
Great Lakes Model
Lake Michigan has been Chicago’s link to the world. A resource simultaneously treasured and plundered, the Lake has served at various times as Chicago’s economic engine and dumping ground, as the place to reclaim land for recreation and transportation, and as a source for fresh water. Since its founding, Chicago has reengineered the shores of Lake Michigan to become the market and hub of the Great Lakes. Today, the Great Lakes form the backbone of one of the largest regional economies in the world. Fresh water has always been essential to Chicago’s health and wealth. As the majority of the world’s population moves into cities across the globe, the need for clean, reliable water sources will dominate socio-political activities throughout the 21st Century.
Today’s great challenge is to imagine and invent better designed cities that work with natural systems to conserve energy, and sustain diminishing natural resources. Archeworks is hosting its semiannual Infrastructures for Change symposium on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Inspired by the 1909 Plan of Chicago, the symposium will focus on the design and planning of the next 100 years of Chicago, Lake Michigan, and the built urban environment within the Great Lakes Basin. The day-long symposium, jointly planned with MPC and Openlands, will be structured around three urban challenges facing Chicago and cities everywhere in the 21st Century: shrinking economies, health crises, and ecological security. Invited design practitioners, planners, and engineers, environmental scientists, ecologists, and policy makers will discuss new approaches to imagining and inventing better designed cities that work with natural systems to conserve energy and sustain diminishing natural resources.
Space is limited, so register now!
$75 - Early Registration Fee through May 14th, 2010
$90 - Registration Fee after May 14th, 2010