Reverse Effect Now Available

New Book by Jeanne Gang on Transforming the Chicago River


October 26, 2011

Studio Gang is excited to announce the release of a new book by Jeanne Gang, Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago's Waterways, a 116-page volume that weaves together diverse content and voices to explore how the complex challenges facing Chicago’s current waterway system can generate the revolutionary rebirth of its riverfront.

The result of a yearlong collaboration between Studio Gang, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and students from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Reverse Effect was prompted by NRDC’s 2010 report calling for a barrier in the Chicago River’s South Branch to separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi Watersheds and thereby prevent invasive carp from entering Lake Michigan. Investigating how dividing the river could also connect and recharge surrounding neighborhoods led Studio Gang to discover exciting new possibilities for the city they call home.

Reverse Effect is meant to become a tool that can empower a new generation of Chicagoans—from architects and designers to policymakers, advocates, and everyday citizens—to reimagine and reshape the river’s future together, as well as a road map for the nation’s broader river renaissance.

The book will be available for purchase on Amazon.com and www.studiogang.net beginning Monday, November 7.

It will be available for the first time at a November 3 celebration hosted by NRDC that will benefit their Chicago River and Great Lakes work. The evening will feature a one-time only performance by the Second City of Carpocalypse!, an original sketch about the invasive carp crisis. The book will also be available for sale and signing following a November 17 conversation between Jeanne Gang and NRDC’s Henry Henderson at the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. Free and open to the public, the event will be moderated by WBEZ’s Steve Edwards.

For more information, please contact Sarah Kramer at publications@studiogang.net or 773.384.1212.

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