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Book Review: Reveal: Studio Gang Architects

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:49 AM
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by Eric last modified May 24, 2011

Reveal: Studio Gang Architects is as unique a monograph as the architecture firm it highlights. I've been a fan of Jeanne Gang and the talented crew at her Studio ever since I heard her speak at a Unity Temple lecture. Jeanne spoke and presented numerous slides depicting the amazing variety of work the Studio completed to date. With her award-winning "Aqua" skyscraper waiting to open, Jeanne Gang was still relatively unknown beyond Chicago. After hearing...




 

 

Picture 2 Reveal: Studio Gang Architects is as unique a monograph as the architecture firm it highlights. I've been a fan of Jeanne Gang and the talented crew at her Studio ever since I heard her speak at a Unity Temple lecture. Jeanne spoke and presented numerous slides depicting the amazing variety of work the Studio completed to date. With her award-winning "Aqua" skyscraper waiting to open, Jeanne Gang was still relatively unknown beyond Chicago. After hearing her speak, though, I was hungry to learn more and wished that a monograph of her work existed.

Luckily, when I recently sat down to finally absorb this book, published by Princeton Architectural Press, I was not disappointed. Read more after the jump...

The book is intimate in size and lavishly designed with fold out histories and engaging photos. "Monograph", however, might be the wrong word to describe this book. It's not intended to be exhaustive: All of the firm's work to date is not represented, it does not provide project documentation with the typical plans and photos, it does not explain the projects in stuffy, academic notes or essays. Instead, the book is a peek into the various creative processes of Studio Gang and how they search to find the insights, the connections and the ideas for the six projects represented. Titled "Book One: Reveal" the implication is that this is only the beginning and that there is more to eagerly anticipate from the people at Studio Gang.

I especially enjoyed the section about the Ford Calumet Environmental Center and how the problem of migratory bird deaths cuased by buildings is solved hand-in-hand with the problem of utilizing locally-sourced building materials. (As a side note, this particular project is in danger of not happening. Read more here.)

I was definitely challenged by this book at various times. The points brought up by the essays and project listings occasionally took a few reads and re-reads to grasp. But I took it as part of the nature, the challenge and the satisfaction of having truth "revealed." I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys creativity and the process of finding thoughtful, creative solutions. Take some time to peel each page back—like the layers of a complex onion—to discover the special place that is Studio Gang.

Learn more about this book and order your copy here.

Image via Princeton Architectural Press



 

 

 
 
 

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