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Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects
Studio Gang's plan for Northerly Island. Image courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

If the name Jeanne Gang one day goes down in history books alongside those other famous architects our city is so proud of--including Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Louis Sullivan and Daniel Burnham (note: all men)--we?ll be thrilled.

As you?ll see in the just-opened Art Institute exhibit ?Building: Inside Studio Gang,? the woman who dreamed up Aqua Tower?s graceful waves is well on her way. The interactive display delves into the projects of Gang?s 40-person firm in a way that explores the team?s creative process and asks how they're using design to address contemporary architectural questions about relationships to nature, population density and more.

Aqua, of course, is a big part of the conversation, but so are other exciting projects, from the redevelopment of Northerly Island as an urban ecological park to the groundbreaking design for the Solar Carve Tower to be built along the High Line in New York.

There?s a reason Gang was a MacArthur ?genius? grant winner last year--she?s always ahead of the curve.

Exhibit runs through February 24, 2013, in the Architecture and Design Galleries at the Modern Wing, 159 E. Monroe St.; 312-443-3600 or

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