FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2004
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES THE 22nd ANNUAL ART COMMISSION AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN
Design and Construction Initiative also Announced
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Joyce Frank Menschel, President of the Art Commission, today honored eight City projects for design excellence and announced a "Design and Construction Excellence Initiative," at the 22nd Annual Art Commission Awards at the Brooklyn Museum. The Brooklyn Museum also received a special recognition award for its new front entrance and plaza which was designed by Polshek Partnership Architects LLP. These projects, which exemplify the highest design standards, were selected from the hundreds of submissions the Art Commission reviewed in 2003.
"Each year, by presenting these Awards, our administration demonstrates its commitment to fostering good design in our City," said Mayor Bloomberg. "With the guidance and support of the Art Commission, we are going to launch the 'Design and Construction Excellence Initiative' to expand our City's pre-eminence as the design capital of the world."
"During the past two-and-a-half years, it has been especially gratifying to work with an administration that has helped the Art Commission realize some of its long-held goals," said Ms. Menschel. "The Design and Construction Excellence Initiative represents an important cultural change that will foster design excellence, which is key to quality of life in our city adding human as well as economic value."
The goal of the "Design and Construction Excellence Initiative" is to encourage City agencies to strive for the same level of excellence in design for all public works-large and small-that is recognized annually by the Art Commission's Awards. The initiative will establish new ways of contracting with design consultants that, by emphasizing quality in the selection process, will secure the most creative designers for City funded projects and ensure excellence in the design and construction process. Most importantly, the initiative will consider the long-term operating and maintenance savings that can be gained from emphasizing merit in design.
The Design and Construction Excellence Initiative will be the subject of a panel discussion at the Center for Architecture on Monday, July 19, 2004 at 5:30 p.m. The event will officially open an exhibition of Art Commission Design Award-winning projects from 2002 and 2003, which will be on display from July 19th to August 7th. Moderated by Mitchell Moss, Professor of Urban Policy & Planning at New York University, the panel includes David Burney, AIA, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction; Nicholas Quennell, FASLA, Quennell Rothschild & Partners, LLP; Nancy Rosen, Public Art Advisor; and Marla Simpson, Director of the Mayor's Office of Contract Services. The Center for Architecture is located at 536 LaGuardia Place between Bleecker Street and West Third Street.
Twenty-Second Annual Art Commission Awards for Excellence in Design Recipients
Construction of the Queens Community District 14 Garage and Salt Shed
Redesign of the Gardens of Remembrance
Installation of an Entrance Canopy, Light Sculpture and a Distinctive Sidewalk
Reconstruction of the Northern Portion of the Columbus Park Landscape
Construction of Shaft 21 Superstructure over Water Tunnel No. 1
Design of the West 8th Street Station South Façade
Reconstruction of the Ground Floor and Plaza of El Museo del Barrio
Special Recognition Award
The Art Commission is New York City's design review agency. Established in 1898, the Commission's mandate is to review works of art, architecture and landscape architecture on City-owned property for aesthetic merit. It is comprised of 11 members, and includes an architect, landscape architect, painter and sculptor as well as representatives of the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library.
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