The MacArthur Foundation page announcing Gang’s selection demonstrates why the richness of her work, which includes the 82-story Aqua tower, should be honored. Calling the mixed-use Aqua tower project “optical poetry” it noted its seamless integration with environmentally sustainable technologies:
- “…at the same time, energy-efficient features such as heat-resistant and fritted glass, rainwater collection systems, and energy-saving lighting systems address environmental concerns on a large scale. Gang’s mastery of the balance between novelty and urban practicality is also evident in the Media Production Center (2010) for Columbia College of Chicago, […] Her design for the in-progress Ford Calumet Environmental Center, a 27,000-square-foot resource center on an industrial site south of Chicago, includes salvaged materials from the surrounding area and incorporates advanced systems in heating, cooling, and water reclamation.”
Gang walks in the footsteps of the late Samuel Mockbee, founder of Auburn University’s Rural Studio, to do so. Affectionately known as “Sambo,” Mockbee died of leukemia in 2001, but his work, persona and significance still resonate strongly within the architectural community.
Use this rare opportunity to hear Borja Ferrater who co-founded the Office of Architecture in Barcelona speak. Attend the MDC.
Tom Kundig speaks at this year’s conference. You can read our interview with him, here.
Who else will speak? Hint: Dr. Dickson Despommier, PhD, Jeanne Gang, FAIA LEED AP and more.
Why are so many architects privately giving kudos to Mark Mack?