Help us reactivate Chicago's Union Station!

This design consists of chalkboard pathways and walls in the Great Hall that prompt people with specific questions and suggestions, incorporating social media to continue the conversation outside the station and forge connections that would never have been made under ordinary circumstances. By doing so, this concept creates a niche for Union Station as a place to gather and disseminate information as well as people.“How will we get people to divert from their typical path? By creating a path of our own that anyone can leave their mark on.”

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Hanoi, Vietnam: Proximity of Food Production to Consumer

There tends to be a large disconnect in the US between where you buy your food and where it comes from. As an American, when I wake up to make breakfast I walk from my bedroom to my kitchen that is furnished with the standard cheap-apartment appliances: a fridge, stove, oven, microwave, and more electrical appliances than I even know how to properly operate. I open the fridge, grab a gallon of milk, a carton of eggs, some veggies from the crisper, and a bag of shredded cheese. I bought all these things over a week ago, because that is how grocery shopping is done in the United States. Once a week (or maybe every two weeks if you love Costco) you load up your car with sale items and staples to cart them home to your refrigerator and pantry. Once you are stocked up, there is no need to return to the grocery store - in fact, you may even dread the thought of having to run to the store to grab just a single item you are out of.

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