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Our very own Ning Zhang was recently awarded the 2020 AIA Georgia Design Award by a jury of esteemed judges from across the nation for her Master’s Thesis work at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The project titled “Urban Catalyst: Transit Orientated Development” explores the impact that a Transit Oriented Development would have on a city the size of Atlanta, and proposes a design for a high speed rail station that would aid in the development of the surrounding areas into a transit oriented mixed-use hub.
Ning, an Architectural Designer at Smallwood, enjoyed the opportunity to study a type of urban development that maximizes the amount of residential, business, and leisure spaces within walking distance of public transport.
Her proposed building is inspired by “Arcology”, a theoretical architectural concept popularized by architect Paolo Soleri in the late 60’s which aims to lessen the impact of human habitation on an ecosystem. Ning brought this idea to life by creating a complex yet functional living system to address the many issues of urban life.
In addition, Ning was able to physically model the intricate structure of her transportation hub with the use of 3D printing. The model, now on exhibit at SCAD’s School of Architecture, consists of 66 3D printed pieces, each meticulously joined to create an impressive model. Congratulations Ning!
To see the full list of finalists visit: www.aiaga.org/design-awards/2020-finalists/