Clogging the Drain
Clogging the Drain: Rethinking Chicago’s Effluent Hydrologies
This project examines the evolution of Chicago’s wastewater treatment practices, and proposes a new centralized infrastructure for managing the disposal of solid waste. Treated sewage is aerated and transformed into a potent fertilizer known as biosolid. The city’s Sanitary Canal is appropriated as a linier tract of tillable land, incorporating the recycled biosolids as an agent of new vegetative growth. In turn, the sewage of Chicago returns to the city in the form of fragrant flowers.