Studio Gang Architects
Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment
October 12, 2011
The 4th Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment, an annual invited lecture by an international figure whose work has significant implications for understanding and reconceiving the relationship between architecture and the environment, was delivered by Jeanne Gang on October 12, 2011 at the Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City.
In the following excerpt, Gang presents several ecological projects for Chicago, including the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Ford Calumet Environment Center.
Jeanne Gang is the founder and principal of Studio Gang Architects, an international practice based in Chicago since 1997. Recent projects include the widely acclaimed Aqua Tower, which was named the Emporis Skyscraper of the Year in 2009; the Northerly Island framework plan; the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo; and Columbia College Chicago’s Media Production Center. Gang was recently named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow (the so-called “genius” grant) for “challenging the aesthetic and technical possibilities of the art form in a wide range of structures.”
The firm’s work has been published and exhibited both nationally and internationally, most notably at the Venice Biennale, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Building Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. This year Princeton Architectural Press published Reveal, the first monograph of the firm’s work.
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