[IN]VOLUNTARY PRISONERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE leverages against various local consequences of climate change in order to project a radically reconfigured metropolitan condition – the URBAN CANOPY– in Chicago. Air rights above Right of Ways and Boulevards becomes an occupiable territory of habitation for people and local species.

A thickened, manufactured landscape hovers over pubic space and reconstructs the urban canopy of a city.  Currently, Chicago’s storm events of greater than 2 inches per day cause the aging storm-water infrastructure to merge with sanitary sewers and, subsequently, raw sewage flows into Lake Michigan.

The expected increase of storm events suggests a need for a new approach to storm-water management in the city. This method retains rainwater from above and provides extra storage for the existing storm-water system below. The structure consists of a series of tubes filled with coconut coir fiber which is capable of a high rate of water absorption and is an effective way to remove heavy metals from wastewater.

The structure is periodically perforated by empty cells which bring light to the lower level. Once water has been pulled up the tube system, it moves laterally through a circulation system where cells are filled with a variety of engineered soil mixes. Over time, the water is slowly released back onto the ground. 

_2nd Place, Network Reset Competition, Chicago, Illinois, 2011
  In collaboration with Landscape Intelligence | Gale Fulton