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Spotlight on Design: Mikyoung Kim Lecture

Crown Sky Garden

A child interacts with an element of the Crown Sk yGarden
at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's
Hospital in Chicago,
Photo courtesy Mikyoung Kim Design.

The work of Mikyoung Kim, FASLA, utilizes environmental art and the restorative effects of nature in landscapes of healing, celebration, and engagement. From institutional and civic projects, plazas and gardens, and to master plans, Mikyoung Kim Landscape Architects "finds fresh solutions that help to define the character of the urban landscape” across a variety of scales.

Healing Gardens

The scientifically-proven restorative power of the natural world is harnessed in the healing gardens that feature prominently in Kim’s work.  The Crown Sky Garden in the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Hospital of Chicago, features a bamboo grove and interactive furniture. The Project Ripple Garden at the Jackson South Community Hospital in Miami takes its cues from the interaction of waves upon sand, and uses deeply textured granite walls and choreographed misting sprays in an echo of those sculptural forms. In this New York Times article, Kim talks about the important role that nature can play in countering the stress found in hospital environments, not only for patients, but for staff, too.  

Chon Gae

The ChonGae Canal Restoration Project is a redevelopment
initiative to transform a space for runoff in Seoul, Korea.

Photo courtesy Mikyoung Kim Design.

Environmental Art

In a variety of projects, Mikyoung Kim provides scales of personal and shared connections through the use of art. Those who use the east-bound lanes of the 14th Street Bridge in Washington DC often find themselves crawling across the span in a thicket of traffic.  Kim’s Potomac River Kaleidoscope Project breathes new life into that bridge’s historic Light Tender’s House, replacing the windows with dichroic and reflective acrylic prisms to create a dynamic, shifting beacon and welcome distraction from the traffic. The ChongGae River Canal Restoration Project in Seoul anticipates a future, unified Korea through the use of donated local stone from each of the eight provinces of North and South Korea.

On Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 pm, hear the principal of the Boston-based studio discuss the firm’s work and answer questions from the audience as part of the Museum’s next Spotlight on Design lecture.

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