A Community Conversation at the Arkansas Arts Center

March 2, 2017
Little Rock

At the first of many community conversations regarding the future of the Arkansas Arts Center, Studio Gang founder and principal Jeanne Gang shared insights on her firm’s philosophy regarding architecture and approach to design, focusing on the ways architecture can help people connect with each other and their environment.

Gang highlighted three of the firm’s previous projects: the Nature Boardwalk at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, the Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois, and the University of Chicago Residential Commons. While none of these projects are identical to the Arkansas Arts Center project in form or function, Gang noted that in each of these projects the firm focused on connecting communities and environments, elements shared with the AAC project.

Community members in the audience were also invited to ask questions of the architecture team, along with Arkansas Arts Center Executive Director Todd Herman. Questions ranged from how to address issues of sustainability, especially in terms of green roofs and the ecology of the park, to how to engage with all communities and constituencies across Little Rock and the state of Arkansas.

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Photo courtesy the Arkansas Arts Center