Recognizing a Global Resource — The Great Lakes Century

Recognizing a Global Resource


“Recognizing a Global Resource” represents SOM’s first major publication of issues facing the
Great Lakes and big ideas for the next century. The book was completed as the firm’s contribution
to the 2009 Burnham Plan Centennial celebration in Chicago. It represents our vision for the next
100 years – not just for Chicago, but for the entire region that shares this precious global resource. Click the image above to view the book.


1 steve qualkinbush { 10.14.11 at 8:54 am }

This is such an important work. Congratulations on kick off. Count me in if I can help.

2 heather mason { 10.18.11 at 9:04 am }

beautiful design!

3 Jim { 10.22.11 at 7:17 am }

communication is critical here. are these lakes really under threat? what are the biggest risks? oil exploration?, deteriorating nuclear power plants? our urban waste? is water quality going down…getting worse…or getting better? give us some indications….then what we all need to do that is different…

4 Peter K. Pleitner { 06.19.12 at 2:16 pm }

Beautiful and profound. How can I help? Pitty there are so few comments.
Our GLs will be our planet’s watering hole. The history of our GL Basin could be a good educational tool for demonstrating the impact of climate change.
The GLs region should organize into a transnational collaboration on renewable energy capture and management, then separate the ownership of power plants from the grid.
But I fear it’s all tilting at windmills because we can’t even organize and respond responsibly about the Asian carp that have reached Chicago.

5 Ken Freestone { 02.24.13 at 4:22 pm }

Is this document available for reading? It doesn’t allow me access using Google Chrome. I am working on a project with Michigan State University/Institute for Water Research to collect best practices related to water conservation.
Thank you

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