USC School of Architecture alumnus Michael Leung ’09 received an AIA Award of Distinction and a $1,000 scholarship for his Fog Harvesting Hydroponic Farm design at the AIA/LA 2X8:Verge Student Exhibition.
The annual exhibition showcases exemplary work submitted by architecture and design institutions throughout California. Each of the participating academic programs selects two projects that exemplify its core vision. Awards were presented at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 26.
In order to accommodate the increasing population in the San Francisco Bay area, the region will require a new infrastructure that that can collect and distribute water, power and fuel for residents and visitors.
Leung’s thesis project examined the notion of fog collection and urban agriculture as part of the solution. His building is comprised of a promenade at Ocean Beach, which serves to contain fog-condensing polypropylene meshes to be filtered and used as irrigation for a hydroponic farm. Doris Sung was the adviser on this project. Leung is employed by HMC Architects in Los Angeles.
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