Deep Roots


Deep Roots: (Re)Creating Chicago as an Ecosystem

Urban flooding...water pollution...topsoil erosion...urban heat islands... Did you ever wonder WHY we face these challenges? While their individual causes are complex, they result from one systemic failure: the systematic removal of ecosystem services from our built environment. The time is right and the need is great to radically shift our built environment approach towards one of holistic regeneration rooted in the genius of our place - northeastern Illinois.

To lay the foundation for this shift, we seek to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams (with people like you!) to develop publicly accessible information and tools to inform our collective decision making and measure the success of our designs. Our goal is to bring in as diverse a group as possible - all perspectives are needed and valued! Architects, designers, engineers (civil, industrial...all kinds!), developers, municipal workers, biologists, landscape architects, students and educators, planners, economists, and more! If you would like to be a part of this initiative, either as an organization or as an individual, please contact us.

We look forward to learning from you and co-creating a vision of a regenerative future!

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