Chicagoans produce over 7.6 million tons of trash every year, and our city consumes nearly 500 million gallons of water per day. Buildings in the United States are responsible for almost 40% of total energy use, but those emissions can be reduced by 29% at no net cost. This is a clear and compelling opportunity.
Unless we make changes in the way we live and consume resources, our city and world will look a lot different in the future. Droughts, rising temperatures, more severe storms will affect public health, water supply, infrastructure and agriculture—at a tremendous cost.
Moving Design’s 2013 call to action will be focused on informing and transforming Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood to promote sustainable living. Inspired by the WPA’s simple yet bold illustrations and messages, we’ll introduce the neighborhood to ideas and initiatives which will have a huge impact and lead to larger change. This community will serve as a model for other neighborhoods intent on improving quality of life, public safety and health, and community cohesion across the city.
Moving Design will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 19–March 14, from 7–9pm at the Post Family space, 1821 W Hubbard St in Chicago. After the 4 weeks of informational and working sessions, there will be 3 weeks of production in preparation for the final event on April 9th.
On Tuesday evenings, designers will hear presentations by some of the city’s premiere experts on living sustainably and designing interventions. We have scheduled Gordon Gill, Martin Felsen, Ed Marszewski, Matthew Hoffman, Arathi Gowda, Tim Heppner, Ryan Wilson, and Rick Valicenti himself!
The submission deadline is quickly approaching, so submit your application materials today!
Applications are due by February 15th at 5pm.