Reverse Effect

Renewing Chicago's Waterways


November 2011


Jeanne Gang

Crisis becomes catalyst in Reverse Effect, which 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, 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.

Available for purchase online at Amazon.com and a lengthening list of local bookstores:
The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Shop / Chicago
The Book Cellar / Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop / Chicago
The Graham Foundation Bookshop / Chicago
The Museum of Contemporary Art Store / Chicago
The National Building Museum Shop / Washington, D.C.
The Seminary Co-op Bookstores / Chicago
William Stout Architectural Books / San Francisco


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