Kang Wins AIA New York State Award
Mia Kang (M.Arch. '13) is the recipient of a 2013 Student Award from the American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS).
Kang's winning project, Invisible Winter, focuses on the abandoned Francon Quarry in Montreal, currently used exclusively for snow and salt dumping from plowed city streets. Her proposal takes its "impetus from the city's snow-removal system" and uses its "ingredients" to envision a three-season green space for public use in the spring, summer, and fall. During winter, snow and salt accumulation create cascading snow mountains for viewing and simultaneously prepare the ground of the quarry for arrival of salicornia — a salt-tolerant succulent — in the spring. With a program of a bridge, walkway, and restaurant, the proposal maintains the purity of the quarry as a natural observatory in various seasons, and its architecture becoming invisible during the winter.
"The architecture enhances the interaction of viewers and their environment in all seasons," says Kang. "A bridge and walkway serve as observatories where people float high above — almost invisible to the naked eye — and can view the entire quarry, including straight below."
Kang's project emerged from spring 2013's Winter Urbanism studio, taught by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto from Atelier Bow-Wow and Steven Chodoriwsky.
Kang's work, along with seven other winners, was shown at the AIANYS convention in October, in Syracuse.
According to the AIANYS, the Student Awards were "established in 2007 in order to enrich and reinforce design exploration among students; to establish a stronger relationship between the profession and the academy; and to celebrate, nurture, and recognize the future leadership of our profession and society."
The other 2013 recipients hail from The Cooper Union, NYIT, Parsons The New School for Design, RIT, and RPI.