The visionary concept of a carbon-absorbing building may soon be a buildable reality, based on a reductive approach to construction—rather than the typical additive one, which builds a structure first and adds to it—, plus materials that sap carbon from the surroundings, and low embodied carbon materials to regenerate carbon-dense environments.
Recently, the City of Chicago broke ground on a mixed-use, community-focused development in the Englewood neighborhood, starting the first phase with the adaptive reuse of a historic firehouse, a newly constructed community space, and multiple site improvements for better connectivity and pedestrian access across the site.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has renovated and expanded the Wellesley College Science Complex, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, improving its sustainability performance to help the college achieve its 2040 carbon neutrality goal.
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