Building Common Ground

Jeanne Gang is an architect who looks at physical space for its potential to build positive relationships—between people, across disciplines, and between people and the environment.

Her skyscraper in Chicago was modelled in part around wind patterns, confusing the wind so that the building’s residents would be more comfortable sitting on their balconies and getting to know their neighbours. Her group has also redesigned a police station to integrate it with the community’s needs and wants, transforming a place that was previously distrusted by the community into a safe spot for kids to play basketball.

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