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The Light Life Pathway track is an architectural intervention at LaBagh Woods on the north side of Chicago, IL, where people have reclaimed an abandoned rail line as a biking/walking trail that remains as a scar cutting through the woods' dense canopy. 
   Since this trail is informal, abandoned, and is technically private property, it lacks the infrastracture to be experienced safely after the sun is set and nighttime shrouds the area in darkness. The Night-Light-Life track introduces light to the site via a corten steel path on the ground. While providing light for pedestrian traffic at night, the lights of the path also enable hundreds of gallons of algae cultures to grown in tanks underground, sequestering vast amount of carbon from the atmosphere, just like the trees would have done if this train path had brought about their removal. 

The Light Life Pathway
Fall, 2020


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