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Studio Gang’s research-based approach to ecological design rethinks the shape of urban waterfronts
As Studio Gang gains respect as an office that builds formally and programmatically ambitious projects, one aspect in particular has helped the firm continue to be a major force: It is an office that does its homework. Every project that the studio does is accompanied by a body of research as well as collaborations with experts often outside of architecture. “As architects, we think of our role as being that of the translator,” explained Claire Cahan, design director at Studio Gang. “Early on in the project we bring in experts from interdisciplinary fields to discuss the past, present, and future conditions of a site. Our job is to ask questions and translate ideas between disciplines.” This becomes particularly visible in projects that involve water ecologies.
After a yearlong study in collaboration with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the studio released Reverse Effect (2011). The book explored urban and ecological implications of severing the link between the Chicago River and the Mississippi River, effectively reversing the flow of the Chicago River to its original direction (something that has actually happened three times). The book presented a new Chicago that embraced a reshaped river as part of its cultural and civic space.
“We’re interested in the intersection between built and natural environments,” said Cahan about the office’s broader vision and approach. “While building projects typically have distinct property lines and boundaries, natural systems often intersect with property lines in a fluid way. Through research, which includes conversation, mapping, and analysis, we seek to understand the natural, cultural, economic conditions far beyond a property line.”
A similar study, in collaboration with Milwaukee-based Applied Ecological Services and Edgewater Resources, looked at the 1,000-acre Milwaukee harbor. The Edge Effect master plan set out to establish a framework and logic for Milwaukee’s waterfront development. The master plan envisions relocating the current active inner harbor to a new outer harbor, while bringing the city to the water’s edge. The process would include softening the coastline to achieve a more complete and sustainable ecosystem by learning from stable natural coastlines and reefs. This concept is already being deployed in the Studio Gang–designed improvements to Chicago’s Northerly Island, which has a similar geographic situation.
The "clear choice"
Herzog & de Meuron win commission to design Royal College of Art campus in south London
Weight of Words
Architects discuss the power (and limits) of architecture at new Chicago Design Museum exhibit
Studio Gang fuses storage and display in their design for a traveling photography exhibition
- Architecture Studio (France)
- Dominique Perrault Architecture (France)
- MAD Architects (China) & DGLA (France)
- nAOM (Franklin Azzi Architecture, Chartier Dalix, Hardel-Lebihan Architectes) (France)
- OMA (The Netherlands)
- PLP Architecture (UK)
- Studio Gang (USA)
Creative Campus Life
Allied Works, Michael Maltzan, and Studio Gang compete for California College of the Arts campus design
Design and Construction Excellence 2.0
DDC picks 26 firms to design New York’s new public buildings
- Architecture In Formation
- Body Lawson Associates
- Buro Koray Duman
- Dean/Wolf Architects
- Elmslie Osler Architect (EOA)
- G TECTS Architecture
- Gans studio
- Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture
- Sen Architects
- Slade Architecture
- Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani
- H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
- Huff + Gooden Architects
- ikon.5 architects
- Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects
- LTL Architects
- OBRA Architects
- Rice + Lipka Architects
- Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects
Relational Water Landscapes
From drought to deluge, survival to decadence, water is shaping our cities and landscapes
For landscape architects today, urbanism and water go hand in hand. Whether dealing with issues of sea level rise, groundwater retention, or just plain old water supply infrastructure, landscape architects are working with scientists, engineers, and policy makers on increasingly bigger projects that encompass more external factors and larger networks of physical, biological, environmental, and political networks. We examine some of these water landscapes and how they relate to each other in the broader context of how resources and climate-related changes are being managed.
To put these projects in perspective, we have positioned them on a grid: The x-axis runs from “not enough” to “too much” water and the y-axis posits these projects as either being rooted in necessity or decadence. Within this grid, we found a surprising variety of combinations.
Here we've posted all our water-related articles from this issue. Enjoy!
Water-Related News (also from the October issue)