Jeanne Gang

The Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment
Jeanne Gang

October 12, 2011
Running time: 15:43, 25:33

The 2011 Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment, an annual invited lecture by an international figure whose work has significant implications for understanding and re-conceiving 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.

In the second excerpt from this lecture (below), Gang presents the Aqua Tower and the Post-Industrial Periphery/Cicero Case Study for the Museum of Modern Arts Foreclosed Design Study.

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.

The annual Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment was created in honor of long-time League trustee Ulrich Franzen. The Franzen Lecture on Archiecture and the Environment is made possible by contributions from the Riggio Foundation, Juliana Terian Gilbert, and Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown.