The winners of 2018 NYC Excellence in Design Awards were recently announced by the New York City Public Design Commission and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Eleven projects from New York City’s five boroughs have been chosen for the awards in recognition of their commitment to providing an “equitable, resilient, and diverse city for all New Yorkers.” Each borough has made it to the final list with projects encompassing culture, art, education and recreation.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “These eleven winning schools, parks, libraries, museums, and artworks aren’t only beautiful — they enrich their communities by bringing revitalizing existing spaces and creating vibrant new ones.”
The annual NYC Excellence in Design Award was initiated in 1983 to recognize projects from the city’s five boroughs that “exemplify how innovative and thoughtful design can provide New Yorkers with the best possible public spaces and services and engender a sense of civic pride,” stated ArchDaily.
The awards, open to both built and unbuilt projects, have been previously given to BIG + Starr Whitehouse’s 40th Police Precinct (2016), Studio Gang’s Fire Rescue 2 (2015), the Louis Kahn-designed Four Freedoms Park (2014), and Steven Holl’s Hunters Point Library (2011).
The winners for 2018 awards include “Aship, Aground, Anew” by Saul Becker / Saul Becker and Studio Joseph; Brownsville Recreation Center by 1100 Architect and MNLA; Concert Grove Pavilion by Prospect Park Alliance In-House Design; Convergence by Shawn Smith / Shawn Smith and Snohetta; Garrison Playground by Department of Parks & Recreation In-House Design; Hamilton Fish Park Branch Library by Rice+Lipka Architects and Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects & Planners; New York State Pavilion Observation Towers and Tent of Tomorrow by Silman, Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, and L’Observatoire International; Prototypical Kiosks for Citywide Plazas by Billings Jackson Design; Reflecting Pool by Quennell Rothschild & Partners; The Studio Museum in Harlem by Adjaye Associates and Cooper Robertson; and Verizon Executive Education Center and Graduate Hotel by Snohetta and James Corner Field Operations, noted ArchDaily.
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