“Hi-Rise, Lo-Carb” presents a vision of a more sustainable Chicago. Illinois Institute of Technology architecture students reimagined six downtown sites, designing skyscrapers that address key issues for building a more livable city – a city that is not yet visible but hatching in the minds of architects and students.
This project is currently being exhibited as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s “Unseen City” exhibition.
Students developed these visionary proposals in a comprehensive design studio led by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. The six “Hi-Rise, Lo-Carb” solutions presented here were designed in the context of the Chicago “DeCarbonization Plan,” a strategy developed by Smith + Gill Architecture, which outlines a plan for meeting the City’s carbon reduction goals by 2030.
Underpinning the “High-Rise, Lo-Carb” studio is the idea that skyscrapers have some way to go before they become truly sustainable. While the dense, vertical city offers significant energy benefits over horizontal alternatives, tall buildings need to maximize their connection with place—physically, culturally and environmentally. This process will create a new, unique aesthetic for every city, appropriate to the challenges of the 21st century.
Final Reviews at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture