Mayor Celebrates the 10 Best Public Works of the Past Year at Design Excellence Awards

  • New York is not always known for its architecture—it has some great buildings, but just as many unremarkable and out-right terrible ones. One sector where this has not been the case, at least for some time, is public architecture.

    Starting first with the Awards for Design Excellence, in recognition of the best public works, and then the Design Excellence Program, which hires a stable of young, creative architects to undertake city projects, the city has built an impressive track record in commissioning smart, egalitarian designs for its buildings.

    On Tuesday night, the Design Excellence Awards celebrated their 30th year, and a coterie of architects, planners and city officials descended on 8 Spruce Street, home to Frank Gehry’s celebrated apartment tower as well as a very nice public school beneath. Mayor Bloomberg was there to congratulate everyone on their good work over the past years and decades.

    “These awards are our city’s celebration of the best and brightest examples of public design,” the mayor said. “We are committed to making first-rate design a priority in every project in all five boroughs. That allows our public projects to both improve the quality of life for New Yorkers and exists as sources of pride for our city.”

    From Governors Island to a bridge—not that bridge!—in Brooklyn to a library in Queens, it is an impressive assortment of lovely buildings.

  • Mayor Bloomberg honored the best public designs on Tuesday night in a ceremony held at the new public school in the base of New York by Gehry downtown.

  • Cook+Fox
    Downtown Brooklyn

  • Cook + Fox
    Downtown Brooklyn

  • Thomas Balsley Associates and Sage and Coombe Architects
    Upper West Side
    Correction: A previous version referred to this as Hudson River Park.

  • Thomas Balsley Associates and Sage and Coombe Architects
    Upper West Side

  • Peter Gluck and Partners Crotona Park, the Bronx

  • Peter Gluck and Associates
    Crotona Park, the Bronx

  • HNTB
    Brooklyn Heights

  • HNTB
    Brooklyn Heights

  • West 8, Mathews Nielsen, Tillotson Design, Pentagram
    Governors Island

  • West 8, Mathews Nielsen, Tillotson Design, Pentagram
    Governors Island

  • Rice + Lipka Architects
    Richmond, Staten Island

  • Rice + Lipka Architects
    Richmond, Staten Island

  • Garrison Architects
    Elhurst, Queens

  • Garrison Architects
    Elhurst, Queens

  • Architecture Research Office and Michael Van Valkenburgh
    Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

  • Architecture Research Office and Michael Van Valkenburgh
    Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

  • Mary Miss
    St. George

  • Mary Miss
    St. George

  • ORE Design + Technology
    Downtown Brooklyn

  • ORE Design + Technology
    Downtown Brooklyn

  • In honor of 32 years of upkeep and improvement to the park.

  • Various designers
    Manhattan

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