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Jane Jacobs Forum 2013: Women as City Builders

Author and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) believed in the future of cities and in common sense solutions to urban challenges. This year, in conjunction with the presentation of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal, the Municipal Art Society’s annual Jane Jacobs Forum features leading women in the fields of architecture and planning, landscape architecture, development, community development, business and the arts. Click here for event details. Continue Reading>>


Looking Forward on East Midtown

By Eugenie L. Birch, Chair and Vin Cipolla, President, MAS MAS_EastMidtown_Cover smallLast week, in a rare joint statement, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council member Daniel Garodnick rejected the Mayor’s plan to rezone East Midtown. The Bloomberg administration subsequently withdrew the proposal.  So now what does the future of Midtown hold?  The answer remains to be seen – but as has become clear over the course of the last year there is work to be done to ensure that East Midtown continues to be an economic engine for New York City. Continue Reading>>

The 2013 Brendan Gill Prize Call for Nominations

GillPrizeWe invite MAS members and friends to submit nominations for the 26th annual Brendan Gill Prize. The 2013 Gill Prize, endowed to permit a cash award, is given each year to the creator of a specific work, a book, essay, musical composition, play, painting, sculpture, architectural design, film or choreographic piece that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City. Whether the nominated individual or group is well known or just emerging, the goal of the Gill Prize is to draw attention to the varieties of artistic experience that enrich our contemporary life. Continue Reading>>

Awards for Environmentally Minded NYC High School Students Announced

Wangari Muta MaathaiApplications are now being accepted for the 2013 Dr. Wangari Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability. The award was inaugurated last year by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Bette Midler Family Trust, New York Restoration Project and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. MAS administers the award. This $10,000 prize is given annually to two environmentally-minded New York City high school seniors. The winners Continue Reading>>

2013 MASterworks Awards Recognize Excellence in Architecture and Urban Design

CampbellFour innovative architecture and urban design projects have been chosen as winners of The Municipal Art Society of New York’s 2013 MASterworks Awards. Campbell Sports Center (Steven Holl Architects) has won the top honor, “Best New Building,” while “Best Restoration” goes to McCarren Pool and Bathhouse (Rogers Marvel). “Best Neighborhood Catalyst” award will be given to the Barclays Center (SHoP Architects) and “Best New Urban Amenity,” will  go to Weiss/Manfredi’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center in Brooklyn. Continue Reading>>

Fighting for the Public Realm and the Public Good

By Vin Cipolla, President, MAS CPWarren St. John’s Shadows over Central Park (The New York Times; Op-Ed; October 29), contrasts the brilliant campaign the Municipal Art Society (MAS) organized in 1987—to protest the then-proposed two 58- and 68-story tall towers—with today’s relative silence as a number of hyper-tall buildings are being constructed in the vicinity of 57th Street. Continue Reading>>