Chicago invented the skyscraper; can it pioneer sustainable-energy strategies as well?

PHOTO: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
January 25, 2011

Chicago’s skyline has always been a source of pride. And while few new buildings are currently going up, building owners have developed a plan to capitalize on the latest advances: Smart-grid technologies that will convert the city’s iconic skyline into what backers call a “virtual green generator” by retrofitting high-rise buildings and the existing electrical grid to a new hyper-connected intelligent-communications backbone.

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