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Eleanor Boathouse Multifunctional Complex

architecture drives change

Studio Gang

Studio Gang has been thinking about the Chicago River for some time. In 2011, Jeanne Gang taught a studio at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, her alma mater, a theoretical endeavor that led to a publication titled Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago’s Waterways. That Harvard studio proposed designs for a hydrological barrier and center for limnology at the curiously named Bubbly Creek. The publication catalogs the student work but also lays out the history of Chicago’s multi-pronged river and many critical environmental issues facing waterways linking Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes to the Des Plaines River, just west of Chicago. In an extraordinary feat of manpower and engineering, the construction of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in the 1890s reversed the flow of the Chicago River so that sewage and other pollutants consequently seep into the Des Plaines...

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