BirdFront

998 W Rosemont Ave Chicagoundefined

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VISIONARY IDEA / WARD 48 

Affordable housing and migratory birds are endangered in Chicago. Each fall and spring, five million birds migrate through the city; tens of thousands are killed in collisions with lakefront buildings, degrading biodiversity worldwide. At the same time, Chicago’s affordable housing is disappearing, a trend that further compromises many families already caught in the widening gap between rich and poor.

Situated in the 48th Ward, BirdFront creates a friendly habitat for both of these struggling species. Replacing the façade of an existing affordable high-rise with a new skin will update its appearance and improve its energy consumption, all while minimizing bird collisions.

BirdFront acts as a ‘facelift’ for the neighborhood, fostering a sense of new inclusive urbanity – one that responds to more than just humans. In addition to providing a new habitat for Chicago’s residents, BirdFront will offer a new way for Chicagoans to explore the skyline.

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