When the Indiana Pacers started to plan the St. Vincent Center, they were trying to create the NBA's most advanced practice facility. They probably didn't expect to put one of the building's most unique elements on the roof.
Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood was once one of the most industrialized areas in America, where stockyards and factories were manned by thousands of working-class immigrants. It’s the setting of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. But today, inside a 93,500-square foot former meatpacking plant there, kale, swiss chard, tomatillos, and oregano grow in vertically stacked trays, nourished by water from a nearby tank of tilapia.