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Studio Gang

The World's Most Innovative Companies 2018

Architect and MacArthur fellow Jeanne Gang founded Studio Gang in 1997. The firm won renown for pairing sustainable design with daring, contextually aware forms. The Aqua Tower, for example, is a residential skyscraper in Chicago with an undulating facade that echoes the region’s natural topography and maximizes solar shading. The Nature Boardwalk at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo transformed a neglected pond into a wildlife habitat that also eases pressure on the city’s aging stormwater infrastructure. Recent commissions include a supertall tower in Chicago, which will be the world’s tallest building designed by a woman when it’s done in 2019, and an addition to the Natural History Museum in New York slated for completion in 2020. Now the firm wants to spread its vision to the neighborhood scale. In 2016, Studio Gang started working with the Knight Foundation and Kresge Foundation to reimagine parts of Southwest Philadelphia by adapting underused buildings—like libraries and recreation centers—to meet contemporary needs. The plan calls for small interventions that don’t require significant capital investment, a blueprint now being used in other cities, such as Memphis and New York.

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