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Aqua Architect Jeanne Gang Sets Sights On Suburbs

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Aqua residential complex. (Credit: Aqua Condo Chicago)

Aqua residential complex. (Credit: Aqua Condo Chicago)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Just as Jeanne Gang changed high-rise facades with the wavy blue Aqua tower balconies downtown, she’d also like to change the face of suburbs – and decided to start with Cicero.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, in an exhibit coming to New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Gang envisions bungalows replaced with homes that expand and contract with family size – homes that include workshops – to house small manufacturing.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

She sees the homes replacing large manufacturing campuses.

“You could make things. You could have a landscape company. You could design apps for the iPhone. You could make wire fences for construction sites,” Gang said. “All of these are possibilities.”

Gang also looks at changing the face of Chicago and its river.

Gang heads up Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects, and she was named a 2011 macArthur Fellow. In addition to Aqua, she also designed the 16,800 square-foot SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center, 7600 S. Parnell Ave.

You can hear more from Gang on this Sunday’s “At Issue” program, coming up Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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