Installation shots of Jessica Stockholder’s Color Jam, which paints the streets and buildings on State and Adams in Chicago with swaths of rich colored vinyl.
I’ve walked through this space numerous times during the past couple of days. To truly understand it’s power, one must experience it personally. It is both the street as we know it and not the street. The space instantly brightens one’s mood and makes downtown sparkle amidst the grit and noise and wear.
“Can an Architect Save the Great Lakes from Asian Carp?
Mark Boyer. Jan 2, 2012
The Great Lakes are facing an invasive species crisis. Asian carp, a group of foreign invaders with no known predators and a voracious appetite, are threatening one of the greatest fresh water resources in the world. Elected officials and the Army Corps of Engineers have failed to act, and the situation is dire. But architect Jeanne Gang sees an opportunity to clean up the river, to improve Chicago’s water treatment system, and to revitalize a neighborhood.
Just weeks after becoming the first architect in more than a decade to win a MacArthur genius grant, Gang released a slender book outlining her vision of how to fix the Chicago River. Reverse Effect, which is the result of a yearlong collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council, advocates completely separating Lake Michigan from the Mississippi River basin and restoring the natural flow of the Chicago River. Not only would the separation prevent carp and other invasive species from traveling between the Mississippi and the Great Lakes, Gang’s proposal would use a physical barrier as a catalyst to reimagine an urban neighborhood and to introduce green infrastructure to Chicago’s South Side.”
Via: The Atlantic
Image: Jeanne Gang’s vision for carp-free Great Lakes/ Gang Studio Architects