Two Pleasanton brothers are making a name for themselves in the Big Apple.
Kwans Kim, Foothill High School class of 2020, and Yujin Kim, class of 2015, were recently announced winners in the young adult category of "Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge," an international design competition co-sponsored by New York City Council and the Van Alen Institute. A third member of their team was Shannon Hui from Hong Kong, a junior at Barnard College.
The Kim brothers' entry was "Do Look Down," showing the installation of a glass surface above the bridge's girders to create a whimsical pedestrian space activated through art installations and seasonal programming.
"The pavement would store energy from footsteps and use it to power light displays and projections," their entry explained.
Their design included a lower roadway converted into walkable space with opportunities for vendors and performers.
Yujin Kim graduated Columbia University in 2019 with a degree in mathematics and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of NYU.
Kwans Kim is starting at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Studies with a concentration in creative writing, music, performing arts and design.
The contest, which drew about 250 entries, had a professional category for ages 22 and older, as well as a category for young adults, who were encouraged to suggest ideas based on their "wildest dreams."
A jury narrowed the competition to three finalists in each category, which were voted on by the public, and the winners were announced Aug. 17. The three professional finalists each received $13,000; the three young adult finalists each received $3,000.
The contest was held to garner ideas to redesign the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, which opened in 1883, to make it an accessible, healthy space for everyone; to offer opportunities for small businesses and vendors to flourish; and to possess enormous potential for future progress and change.