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Chicago is a very windy place. In fact, it's nickname is "The Windy City." And living in a windy place can be really frustrating because it's annoying to spend time outside when it's so stinking windy! Luckily, recent MacArthur Genius Grant winner Jeanne Gang came up with a solution.
Before we go any further, the genius grant . . . The John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation selects around 20 people each year and gives them $500,000, just because they are geniuses. Or rather, in the words of the foundation, "The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction." Recipients are given $500,000, just for being geniuses!
So how did Jeanne Gang win her award? Well, she's an architect. And among other things, she has designed the Aqua Tower in Chicago. It's the building you see here in the picture. And the cool thing about this building is that the unique way in which she has designed the balconies actually "confuses" the wind. The outcome is that all over the building, even on the windiest Chicago day, people can sit out on their balconies and enjoy themselves in relatively calm, windless peace.
How would you win your MacArthur Genius Grant?
by Mr. Andrews Bashan