Studio Gang Architects
Publication date 6/20/2011
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm), Paperback
256 pages, 300 color illustrations
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Chicago is famous for its role in fostering modern architecture. Now Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang Architects, is giving the epithet "Chicago School" a new meaning. Her recently completed 82-story Aqua residential tower is already an icon of the Chicago skyline and has been universally hailed as a masterwork for the young firm. Reveal presents an in-depth look at the firm's unique work and working process through drawings, diagrams, sketches, and photographs that illuminate the evolution of each of the book's eight featured projects, both public and private, and ranging in size from exhibition to high-rise.
Jeanne Gang leads Studio Gang Architects, a practice generating innovative and award-winning works of architecture. Gang earned her B.S. in architecture at the University of Illinois and her M.Arch with Distinction from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. A Rotary Fellow in 1989, she has also studied at the ETH Swiss Federal University of Technical Studies in Zurch. Prior to forming her own firm, she worked for OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam.
Gang's projects have been published and exhibited widely, including at the National Building Museum and the International Venice Biennale. In 2006 Gang received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
She is a long-time adjunct faculty member at the Illinois Institute of Technology where her work has focused on megacities and material technologies. She has also been a visiting professor at GSD, Yale University, and Princeton University.
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"A mix of individual projects, models, and points of inspiration and offers a peek inside the process of a very exciting group of architects indeed."
"What happens when a brilliant architect decides to construct a book rather than a building? You get Reveal , an idiosyncratic collection of dazzling images and insightful text that shows the hidden influence behind each of her firms projects."
"Tracks the projects and processes that have put Gang and her 13-year-old firm on the architectural map. "
— Blair Kamin
San Francisco Chronicle:
"This year, Chicago's Jeanne Gang was the first architect since 1999 to win a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship. Her firm's bracing monograph shows why: Standard building presentations are layered with unexpected narrative threads and format twists, such as a fold-out history of a glacial boulder that was jack-hammered to make way for Gang's Aqua, 82 stories of undulating concrete near Lake Michigan."
— John King
"Fresh and breathtaking... [Reveal ] traces the construction, theory and ephemera of Aqua and other projects."
"I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys creativity and the process of finding thoughtful, creative solutions. Take some time to peel each page backlike the layers of a complex onionto discover the special place that is Studio Gang."
"Anything but formulaic... thoroughly compiled, intelligently written, and beautifully presented; I'm hoping Book Two isn't too far off."
"Beautifully produced and designed... a sneak-peak into the mind of Gang and her team. "
"Archdaily has featured many of the same projects, but our pieces are mere shadows of what is presented in this book. If you enjoyed the glimpses on our website you will love this book. It is rare that I find a monograph that goes into such great depth. Beside the standard plan, section and photographs, each project is accompanied by notes, research, sketches, histories, philosophies, and more. This allows for a much more rewarding conversation than the standard glossy monograph. By the end of each chapter you can easily understand why each design decision was made and how meticulous this studio is. The Aqua Tower, for example, without any additional knowledge holds its own amongst the architecturally cherished Chicago skyline; however, after you read about the design process behind it the tower becomes that much more wonderful. I highly recommend this book."
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