Chicago Smart Grid City
Chicago invented the skyscraper. Can it pioneer the best urban sustainable-energy strategies as well? Ann Lok Lui, writes in the Architect’s Newspaper, about city’s 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 highrise buildings and the existing electrical grid to a new hyper-connected intelligent-communications backbone. Simultaneously, researchers at local universities, among them the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, have been developing their own cutting-edge smart-grid technology.