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The skyscrapers of the future could be built with the garbage of today

Green buildings made of recycled materials are the hot new thing.
The River Beech Tower

The River Beech Tower, a conceptual design for a wood skyscraper in downtown Chicago.

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The home of the future won’t look like The Jetsons. It won’t come equipped with a flying car or a robot maid. While it will deploy a slate of clean-energy technologies that the cartoon’s creators couldn’t have imagined — solar windows, lithium-air batteries, artificial intelligence— it will be made largely from wood and used materials, like recycled cement and carpet.

Experts say these technologies will put a big

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