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.