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Emerald Constellation

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Emerald Constellation

2011
Open Ideas Competition: Network Reset: Rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace

First Place

Team: Kees Lokman, Fadi Masoud, Conor O'Shea

Emerald Constellation is a long term strategy employing landscape as a framework to reconceive the city as a network of overlapping and intersecting cultural, economic, and ecological flows.

This flexible and open-ended system is a 21st Century version of the Emerald Necklace accommodates immediate cultural and ecological programs and anticipates unforeseen events. This is achieved by reconditioning abandoned swathes of industrial property and associated connective infrastructure such as rails and canals for new uses.