How Chicago Solves its Overheating Problem

From Stewart Hicks.

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Discover the innovative approaches Chicago has taken to beat the sweltering summer heat in this tour. Despite being notorious for its brutal winters, the city also faces scorching summers that pose deadly risks. Learn how design-related initiatives implemented after a devastating heatwave in 1995 have revolutionized the way Chicago keeps its citizens cool and safe. From green roofs that reduce indoor temperatures by 30–40°F to district cooling systems that save space, energy, and costs, this video explores a range of passive strategies that combat urban heat without relying solely on air conditioning. Join the journey and witness the remarkable ways Chicago stays cool!

Staying cool in a hot city isn’t just about cranking up the air conditioning; it’s about smart design choices that minimize environmental impact. Join us as we delve into the ingenious methods employed by Chicago to combat its sweltering summers. Discover how green roofs, with their insulating soil and vegetation, drastically lower indoor temperatures and even reduce city-wide ambient temperatures. Witness the transformative power of color and vegetation in keeping surfaces cooler and reducing energy demand. From the captivating Crown Fountain’s evaporation and convective cooling effects to the largest district cooling system in the US, these passive strategies demonstrate that cooling a city can be sustainable and efficient. Join us on this exploration and gain insights into the remarkable techniques that make Chicago a pioneer in urban coolness. Don’t forget to like, subscribe, and leave a comment sharing your thoughts on staying cool in hot climates!

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Architecture with Stewart is a YouTube journey exploring architecture’s deep and enduring stories in all their bewildering glory. Weekly videos and occasional live events breakdown a wide range of topics related to the built environment in order to increase their general understanding and advocate their importance in shaping the world we inhabit.

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Stewart Hicks is an architectural design educator that leads studios and lecture courses as an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as an Associate Dean in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and is the co-founder of the practice Design With Company. His work has earned awards such as the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award or the Young Architect’s Forum Award and has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Design Miami, as well as at the V&A Museum and Tate Modern in London. His writings can be found in the co-authored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration, published with the Graham Foundation, as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA Journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest-edited issue of MAS Context on the topic of character architecture.

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