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Midtown Mile. Courtersy of SOM
6/17/20, 6:30pm - 8pm
Center for Architecture

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Dear Friends of the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee, 

Continuing our Design Presentation Series at the WIA Monthly Committee Meeting, we are delighted to have Hanxiao Yang, AIA, LEED GA, and Marina Marquez Costas from SOM talk about their project at The Midtown Mile Development. 

After a brief announcement of the WIA Upcoming Events & Programs, Around Town & Related Events, and Topics & Good Reads, they will present the design of the Penn Station 33rd Street Entrance Canopy and Manhattan West

EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN US! We look forward to seeing you and thank you in advance for your participation and support. 

Vivian Lee & Kerry Nolan
AIANY WIA Committee Co-Chairs 

Hanxiao Yang, AIA, LEED GA, is a Senior Architect of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill New York. She is a registered architect in the State of New York, a member of the AIA and a LEED accredited professional. She is the lead architect of her team at the firm, with broad professional experience including mixed-use, residential, retail, and civic projects. Hanxiao is originally from Beijing, China, received her Master of Architecture from Columbia University, New York, and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Marina Marquez Costas works as a Design Associate in SOM’s New York office. After graduating from her Bachelor in Architecture in Spain, Marina participated in the MS in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University. Since then and during her 8-year experience in NYC, she has been involved in both domestic projects and in Latin America, which has ranged from master planning of mixed-use developments to commercial and residential buildings, being One Manhattan West one of the key projects on her portfolio.

Project Descriptions
The Midtown Mile refers to a series of recent SOM projects that focus on the creation of new and repurposed public spaces above and along the underground train tracks in Midtown West, Manhattan. Spanning five avenue blocks, the Midtown Mile includes Penn Station Critical Improvements, Moynihan Train Hall, Farley Building, Manhattan West and Hudson Yard. 

Penn Station 33rd Street Entrance Canopy is the first project of a series of renovations on Penn Station, that aims to improve the functionality of the subterranean infrastructure network, and re-establish its presence as a gateway to New York City. Located at the corner of 33rd Street and 7th Avenue, the canopy will function as the main entrance that directly connects the street to the underground station. The glass structure for the first time allows natural light into the concourse, illuminates the Long Island Rail Road ticket hall below ground. It will activate a new pedestrian-only public plaza on 33rd Street. 

Manhattan West is a new 5-million-square-foot development made possible by the construction of a 2.6-acre platform that covers active rail tracks connecting Penn Station to New Jersey and Upstate New York. Two elegantly inflected office towers, that will stand as new landmarks, form the gateway to the complex. One Manhattan West, which recently opened to the public, is an example of how an office tower can connect and communicate with the open public space.” 


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AIANY Women in Architecture Committee
Midtown Mile. Courtersy of SOM
6/17/20, 6:30pm - 8pm
Center for Architecture
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