Studio Gang has long partnered with nonprofits and community groups to realize their unconventional designs. For her recent Harvard GSD studio, principal Jeanne Gang partnered with one of the nationâ€™s largest environmental groups, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), to tackle an issue with repercussions across the northern Midwest: separating the South Branch of Chicago River to prevent invasive Asian carp from decimating the Great Lakes.
â€œNRDC told us they were tired of just being against things,â€ Gang said, in a recent talk at Cooper Union in New York. â€œThey want to be for things.â€ Gang and her GSD studio investigated the possibilities of returning the river to its natural course, the findings of which have been compiled into a book called Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicagoâ€™s Waterways (available from Amazon’s and Studio Gang’s website beginning November 7).
With images as compelling as the one above, itâ€™s easy to see why NRDC thinks partnering with designers is a smart advocacy strategy. For Gang and her students, a region-wide threat called for neighborhood-scale intervention. Such strategic thinking makes architects central players in addressing urgent societal and ecological problems. It never hurts to be essential.
A reception for the book will take place tomorrow night at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago.
2 Responses to “Gang Floats New Ideas for Chicago’s Waterways”
Post new comment