Soundwalks in East Garfield Park, at the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory Fern Room
Garfield Park Conservatory Fern Room

EVENT: Soundwalks in East Garfield Park, at the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Garfield Park Conservatory

WHEN: Saturday, August 1, 2009 (10 a.m.-12 noon)

LOCATIONS: Chicago Center for Green Technology (10:00-10:50 a.m.) and the Garfield Park Conservatory (11:15 a.m.-12:00 noon)

You are invited to join the World Listening Project, during two soundwalks which happen in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood on Saturday, August 1. During a soundwalk, people listen to and explore the sounds of their environment, using a score as a guide. These soundwalks are being facilitated by Dan Godston and Fereshteh Toosi; they are free and open to the public, all ages.

bird habitat at Center for Green Technology
bird habitat at Center for Green Technology

We meet at CCGT at 10 a.m. for a brief tour of the premises, then the soundwalk starts. This soundwalk, which is being co-organized by WLP and CCGT, happens inside and outside the building — through the Resource Center, on the CCGT roof, past the rain cisterns, through the “Elementhouse” designed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the Solar Decathlon, to the eastern part of the property where they keep the solar berm and green roof test plots, and along a path in the field to the south of the CCGT building.

Then we travel to the Garfield Park Conservatory, where we reconvene. The soundwalk there starts at 11:15, and it happens inside and outside of GPC — through the Palm Room and the Show House, into the Monet Garden, to the labyrinth, by the beehives, and over the lily pool. (The beekeepers open the beehives on Saturdays for a few hours.)

solar panels and indigenous ground cover plants
solar panels and indigenous ground cover plants

Chicago Center for Green Technology
445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
312.746.9642
E-mail: greentech@cityofchicago.org

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624-1996
312.746.5100

For more info, please email dgodston@gmail.com or call 312.543.7027.

lily pond and conservatory
lily pond and conservatory

THE WORLD LISTENING PROJECT (WLP) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to understanding the world and its natural environment, societies and cultures through the practices of listening and field recording. Website: www.worldlisteningproject.org

THE CHICAGO CENTER FOR GREEN TECHNOLOGY is the first rehabilitated municipal building in the nation to receive the LEED™ Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. Mayor Richard M. Daley dedicated the building in 2002 and it has gone on to become a national model for sustainable design and technology. The Center serves as the most comprehensive green design educational resource in the Midwest. We promote and advance sustainable homes, workplaces and communities to enhance the quality of urban life. We work to facilitate this through educational programming and training, research and demonstration and by acting as a resource network. Website: www.cityofchicago.org/Environment/GreenTech/

water fall in Fern Room
water fall in Fern Room

THE GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY ALLIANCE, a non-profit organization, strengthens community through the unique combination of the Garfield Park Conservatory Campus, other botanical resources, and the engagement of community members. With its innovative programs, the Alliance enhances the environmental, social and economic vitality of Chicago’s West Side and encourages the larger community to explore the fundamental connection between plants and life. Membership in the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance supports one of Chicago’s great botanical resources. Website: www.garfieldconservatory.org/index.html

lily pond at the GPC
lily pond at the GPC

ONLINE RESOURCES ABOUT SOUNDWALKING

Hildegard Westerkamp’s reflections on the 2009 CASE retreat/symposium

Andra McCartney’s online dissertation on Hildegard Westerkamp

Soundwalking, by Hildegard Westerkamp