September 17, 2009
A skyscraper for the birds: Aqua gets an award from animal rights group
Chicago architect Jeanne Gang's 82-story Aqua tower (left) isn't done yet, but PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is giving Gang and her firm, Studio Gang Architects, an award for the bird-friendly design of Aqua. The group says that birds are less likely to kill themselves flying into Aqua's windows because of the skyscraper undulating curves and because its exterior glass is etched with marks that birds will be able to see.
"The American architect Louis Sullivan coined the phrase 'form follows function,'" PETA's president, Ingrid Newkirk, says in a news release. "In the Aqua Tower, form follows compassion."