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    American architect to address Australian architects on designing for cities with industrial-era spaces

    Nathan Johnson

    Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang architects will host a keynote for the University of Melbourne’s ABP Dean’s Lecture Series on Tuesday 7 October.

    Using a selection of her firm’s more recent and noteworthy projects as case studies, Gang will explore how today’s cities must cope with vast industrial-era spaces and propose how architectural practice can be refocused to help reimagine these territories and initiate transformation.

    The University of Melbourne say Gang’s lecture, In, On, Around, and Beyond: Expeditions in the Contemporary City, will also address to her longstanding interest in the new ways that cultural and science-based aspects of natural systems can aid in defining the city.

    About Gang:

    MacArthur Fellow, Jeanne Gang, FAIA, LEED AP is the founding principal of Studio Gang Architects, a Chicago-based collective of architects, designers, and thinkers practicing internationally. Jeanne uses architecture as a medium of active response to contemporary issues and their impact on human experience. Each of her projects resonate with its specific site and culture while addressing global themes such as urbanisation, climate, and sustainability.

    Works

    Coinciding with Gang’s Dean Lecture is the exhibition, Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, which will be showcased in [email protected]

    Originally presented at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012–13, the exhibition features eight projects by Studio Gang, selected specifically for the Melbourne audience. These projects demonstrate a range of project types and represent a mix of built, unbuilt, and theoretical work.

    Building Nature

    Northerly Island, Chicago, IL, Phase I anticipated completion 2014

    WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, Chicago, IL, completed 2013

    Building Performance

    Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural and Pop Music Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, design completed 2010

    Writers Theatre, Glencoe, IL, under construction, anticipated completion 2016

    Building Density

    Aqua Tower, Chicago, IL, completed 2010

    Solar Carve Tower, New York, NY, anticipated completion 2016

    Building Community

    Hyderabad 02, Hyderabad, India, design completed 2008

    Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, anticipated completion Fall 2014

    The series

    Who:  Jeanne Gang

    What: ABP Dean’s Lecture Series:  In, On, Around, and Beyond: Expeditions in the Contemporary City

    When: Tuesday 7 October @ 7pm

    Where: Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne

    Images: Studio Gang and Melbourne University.

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