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We are a multidisciplinary innovation studio working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions, and we are committed to training the next generation of leaders.


Insights, inspiration and opportunities to create a more vibrant and resilient future.

RADAR: Innovation Hub for Cities

Lyndon Valicenti

This week, UI Labs and their industrial, governmental, and research partners launched CityWorks, a new hub for urban infrastructure innovation. It is an exciting, if determinant, time for cities, as the global population of urban dwellers rises and the complex challenges they face intensify with climate change. I am proud to see Chicago step up to prototype the interventions that could improve the quality of urban life. 

INSIGHT: Am I Being Stupid?

Peter Nicholson

Insights at The Edge
There is a fine line. I keep waiting for the project that will turn out to be simpler than I initially thought. Deluding one’s self at the outset is a requirement for progress, as is enduring a certain amount of frustration, never one of my strengths. That said, the edge of fatigue can be rich with insights, if I can tolerate the dissonance long enough to observe and understand the situation.

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RADAR: The Other Waterfront

Peter Toth

Yesterday, the City of Chicago and the Metropolitan Planning Council announced Great Rivers Chicago, a coordinated planning and visioning effort for local riverfronts. I'm impressed by the diversity of entities participating in the project, and look forward to seeing the realization of its vision.

INSIGHT: The Essence of Forging Ahead?

Peter Nicholson

A McJob Dream Come True
Bob Langert created change. As head of global sustainability for McDonald’s until retiring last week at the top of his game, Bob worked from within for 33 years, forming relationships with a broad range of stakeholders to shift the company's trajectory. Few outside McDonald's or the sustainable business realm are familiar with the extent of his accomplishments.

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