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DESIGN INVESTIGATION OF THE LAKE CALUMET COMPLEX: IMPROVING WATER QUALITY TO REGENERATE LOCAL INDUSTRIAL, COMMUNITY, AND ECOSYSTEM RESOURCES BY

By Michael J. Garrett

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ii This design thesis is an inquiry of the highly industrialized urban landscape of the Lake Calumet Complex on the South Side of the City of Chicago. It examines geologic and anthropogenic strata within this region as waste used for staging various social, industrial, and ecological systems. Today, these social, industrial, and ecological systems are not responsive to each other and certainly do not possess resilient attributes that would allow them to interact within the landscape in perpetuity. The resulting design strategy seeks to re-think the treatment of waste in the landscape into a new framework for future park design. This park will serve as grounds to interweave these complex systems in order to rehabilitate ecosystem functions and improve water quality. Additionally the park hybridizes many social and ecological functions to improve community recreational opportunities and gain public acceptance and appeal

Year: 2016
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