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December 1, 2016
by Camila Schaulson Frenz

The Public Design Commission honored 10 projects with Awards for Excellence in Design: the 40th Police Precinct by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Starr Whitehouse; Waterfront Nature Walk by George Trakas and Quennell Rothschild & Partners; Van Name Van Pelt Plaza/Richmond Terrace Wetlands and Parks Without Borders by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation In-House Design Team; Luminescence by Nobuho Nagasawa, Thomas Balsley Associates, and WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism; Dock 72 by S9 Architecture and MPFP (M. Paul Friedberg & Partners); the High Line Park Passage and Spur by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf; Snug Harbor Cultural Center Music Hall Addition by Studio Joseph and SCAPE/Landscape Architecture; Soho Square by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects; Anti-Idling Ambulance Pedestals by Ignacio Ciocchini and MOVE Systems; LinkNYC by CityBridge (Antenna Design, Intersection, Qualcomm, and CIVIQ Smartscapes); and the Community Parks Initiative, which includes work by dlandstudio architecture and landscape architecture, Hargreaves Associates, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, MKW Landscape Architecture, Nancy Owens Studio, Prospect Park Alliance, Quennell Rothschild & Partners, and Sage and Coombe Architects.

Curbed’s 2016 Groundbreakers include NYC-based Sharon Davis, Founder, Sharon Davis Design; Nadine Maleh, Executive Director, Institute for Public Architecture; and SO-IL.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City was named the 2016 Best Smart City by the Smart City Expo World Congress in Spain.

Leevi Kiil, FAIA, will be stepping down as Executive Director of the Global Design Alliance, assuming the position of Executive Director Emeritus. The GDA Board of Directors is conducting a search for Kiil’s replacement.

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