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July 2014

Mayor de Blasio Announces Winners of the 32nd Annual Awards for Excellence in Design

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Alley Pond Environmental Center (Queens, NY)

A project of the Department of Parks & Recreation
Situated at the edge of Alley Pond Park in Queens, NY, the newly redesigned Alley Pond Environmental Center will serve approximately 50,000 school children annually. With double the space of the current facility, the new center will allow staff to better instruct additional students and demonstrate sustainable building practices using the building itself as a teaching tool.

New York Botanical Garden’s East Gate Entrance, Edible Academy, and Family Garden (Bronx, NY)

A project of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of Parks & Recreation and the New York Botanical Garden
The redesign of the east entrance to the New York Botanical Garden serves to reconnect the community to the beautiful collections within the garden. Crossing a hardwood pedestrian bridge will lead the visitor to the state-of-the-art Edible Academy and Family Garden. Highlighted in the design of this project are numerous sustainable features, including a greenroof system, geothermal heating and cooling, and solar panels.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo credit: ©Olin Sahar Coston-Hardy
New Mexico State University Center for the Arts Photo credit: ©Anna Wesolowska / www.photographerhedman.com
University of Virginia Photo credit: ©Anna Wesolowska / www.photographerhedman.com
New York Public Library No credit
Statue of Liberty Museum Photo credit: Courtesy of FXCollaborative and Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation
Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center Photo credit: ©Tom Kessler Photography