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Clean Tower High-rise to return filtered water to the Chicago river

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A group of students at the Illinois Institute of Technology has developed a plan, “Hi-Rise, Lo-Carb”, for Wolf Point, the plot of land at the confluence of the Chicago River’s north and south branches. They have envisaged the Clean Tower, a slanted supertall building that would return filtered wastewater to the river.

The Chicago River served as a dumping ground and an open-air sewer for much of the city’s history. The Clean Tower concept seeks to create a new relationship with the river by purifying water and creating water habitats. A “living machine” artificial wetland would be used to filter and purify the building’s wastewater, which would have the ability to clean more than 1m gallons of river water per year, according to the team.

Some of the water that would be cleaned by the living machines would be used to fill large pools, which would be located between the building’s two wings, every eight floors. Private residences would also feature personal river wetland gardens. The leaning tower would enable the developer to push the tower to the back of the property without sacrificing views.

Source: inhabitat.com

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