Quote of Note: Jeanne Gang at The Interview Show
“Q: Is there any money in skyscrapers?
A: Not when you make every floor plan different.
– Heard spoken this weekend by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang who was a guest at this month’s The Interview Show. Among her many great projects, the architect was responsible for one of Chicago’s best new buildings, the Aqua Tower, which earned her international praise and had the New Yorker‘s resident critic, Paul Goldberger, calling her the anti-Zaha Hadid for her focus on problem-solving over shape-making. In the interview, she also revealed that she’d originally wanted to be a veterinarian as a child and as the product of an engineer father who took the family on road trips to see bridges, she once made a traveling bar out of an old pull wagon. Gang was our favorite part of the show, coming across as both friendly and accessible, both in the interview and after when she hung out with everyone at the bar, drinking beer and chatting (we’ve never gotten to do that with Zaha). Footage of the interview should be available in the next month or so. Check back in, as we’ll make sure to post it.”
>> October 4’s daily design idea is let’s celebrate “problem-solving over shape-making.”