Chicago‘s most famous architect has just acquired a New York City pied-Ã -terre. Studio Gang has opened an office on Water Street in Lower Manhattan, which will be led by Weston Walker, a design principal. â€œThis is a natural next step for the firm,â€ said founding principal Jeanne Gang in a statement. â€œWe have been working in New York for the past several years and are excited by the variety of work currently in design, along with potential engagements in the city and beyond.”
The firm is currently working on a Fire Rescue facility for the New York City Department of Design and Construction and on the “Solar Carve” tower adjacent to the High Line. That project met resistance from the community for its height. There is no word yet on how tall it will be or how it will be redesigned.
Roughly one year after it announced a fundraising campaign to reinvent its home with a Studio Gangâ€“designed â€œcultural destination,â€ Writers Theatre in suburban Glencoe said Wednesday it had raised $22 million of the $28 million needed to build the structure on Chicagoâ€™s north shore. Read More
Studio Gang Architects are familiar with theatrical spaces, and with the rhythms of the natural world; their design for Writers Theatre in north suburban Chicago reaches out to nature with timber trusses and a raised promenade through the trees.
But a new project may take those interests one step further. SGA announced Wednesday they will collaborate with Thodos Dance Chicago on a project “investigating the intersection of dance, architecture, and physics.â€
Art fairs serve three groups of clientele: the rich, who buy the art, curatorsÂ and museum folks, and the poorâ€”students, freelance writers, party-crashers.Â You can probably guess that Eavesdrop is in the latter, not the former, so imagine the disappointment when champagne was going for $19 per glass on opening nightÂ of Expo Chicago.
Seriously, what happened to the days of all-you-can-drink GrolschÂ or Basil Haydens way back in Art Chicagoâ€™s past? The sticker shock should be from the gallery price lists, not the bar.
While standing in line, Eavesdrop was flattered to be recognized by James Geier of 555 International, who hinted at a slew of new projects and fall openings. Hopefully those openings will allow the 99 percent to imbibe.
The art fairâ€™s environment, layout and scheme, was designed by Studio Gang, although we canâ€™t say that we were able to discern a noticeable imprint.
We were glad to be included on the Studio Gangâ€™s Archi-Salon panel on â€œoutside researchâ€ at the Art Institute of Chicago on February 2. UICâ€™s Clare LysterÂ moderated a lively discussion that, true to its roots in academic theory, kicked offÂ by questioning the premise in the first place. Are practice and research separatedÂ by anything more than semantics? Based on the turnout it seems the discussion series achieved its goal of public engagementâ€”what can we say? Weâ€™re thrilled and a bit surprised that you all find architectural theory as stimulating as we do.
During the discussion, Paul Preissner detected a whiff of marketing inÂ architectsâ€™ clambering to engage â€œoutsideâ€ disciplines. You might have thought he accused them of artistic treason, based on the defensive tone that theÂ discussion took whenever the topic popped back up.
A push to consolidate art classrooms and performance venues on the campus of a prominent Rockford, Illinois college seems to have hit the doldrums, as Rock Valley College (RVC) administrators shake up priorities and pull back the budget. The Rockford Register Star reported RVCâ€™s new arts instructional center, which received plans from Booth Hansen and Jeanne Gang,Â may get the axe.
New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman waded into the controversy embroiling Chicagoâ€™s old Prentice Womenâ€™s Hospital Wednesday and wound up soliciting a unique solution from Jeanne Gang that has already garnered praise from the coalition of preservationists fighting to save the building from demolition.
Noting the â€œfamiliarâ€ tone of the dispute between landowner Northwestern University, who wants to demolish Prentice to make way for up to 500,000 square feet of medical research facilities, and preservationists seeking landmark status for the distinctive 1970s Bertrand Goldberg structure, Kimmelman called for a third approach: incorporate old Prentice into a new design on the site. As the pendulum begins to lean towards demolition, with 42ndÂ ward AldermanÂ Brendan Reilly saying he supports Northwesternâ€™s decision, the critic asked Gang what she thought.
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.