Mikyoung Kim Exhale Public Plaza
Exhale Public Plaza is Platinum Design Award winner in 2017 - 2018 Landscape Planning and Garden Design Award Category.
Exhale Public Plaza

Located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, the 140 West Urban Plaza is the first project in a larger town masterplan to invigorate this college town with greater pedestrian oriented landscapes. Framed by mixed-use development, this central gathering space offers a much-needed public forum for play. The plaza is anchored by a dynamic sculptural fog fountain that utilizes mist and color to define arterial pedestrian connections and encourage multi-generational engagement. This restorative project celebrates the hydrological cycles of the environment.

Exhale Public Plaza
Mikyoung Kim Exhale
Mikyoung Kim Public Plaza
Mikyoung Kim design
Mikyoung Kim design
Mikyoung Kim

Mikyoung Kim is an award winning international artist and designer whose work brings innovative design ideas to the urban landscape. She is known for culturally significant designs that serve as powerful tools to celebrate the beauty of the collective human experience. The work of MYKD has been highlighted in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. Mikyoung was named as an AD innovator by Architectural Digest and has been awarded with design excellence honors from ASLA, the AIA, the GSA, and IFLA.

The Town of Chapel Hill and RAM Development

Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and multifamily properties in the Southeast. The group also selectively provides equity and acquires distressed debt. Since 1996 the Company has deployed in excess of $2.5 billion of capital. Place making requires connecting in a sensitive way to the communities where we build. Occasionally Ram has the opportunity to reshape entire neighborhoods. More frequently Ram deals with infill sites, where they create an environment that is distinctive, but at the same time fits with the neighborhood. Ram takes their commitment to community seriously and encourages their employees to do the same.