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Infrastructure is often taken for granted, expected to be there when needed. Streets, sidewalks, sewers and bridges cross boundaries and connect us all on the same basic level. Infrastructure is also "public" in its very nature, but we are frequently restricted from changing or accessing it.
These proposals question the use and care for spaces that no one - yet everyone - owns. How can we transform waste treatment systems to protect the Great Lakes and Chicago River? What does it mean to fulfill the dream of protecting our City's full 26 miles of shoreland? And does the best infrastructure serve both humans and animals alike? When we take control of what belongs to us, is our collective self improved?