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MAS Rewind: October in Review

empire state skyline nightMAS started out the month with the opening of the exhibit Re-Imagining Cities: Urban Design After the Age of Oil on October 1. It is co-sponsored by PennDesign and on view in our galleries through December 4, 2009. Click here for more information about MAS exhibits, including gallery hours. MAS was proud to present Robert A.M. Stern and Peter Malkin with the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal on October 26, MAS’ annual award given to individuals and organizations that have made an extraordinary impact on the quality of New York’s built environment. For more information on this year’s honorees, click here. Our President, Vin Cipolla spoke at a Save America’s Treasures event on October 21, to benefit Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s home in upstate New York. Vin was also the guest speaker at the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s annual Architectural Preservation Awards on October 22, where he spoke on the architectural character of Murray Hill and the importance of preservation. The Livable Neighborhoods Program, a MAS initiative run by our planning center, produced a free training session at Pratt for students and area residents interested in a host of topics from community-based planning to zoning on October 24. MAS Kress Fellow for Historic Preservation and Public Policy, Melissa Baldock, attended the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference in Nashville October 12-16, and showcased MAS’ ImagineConey project and our work in promoting and protecting the historic resources and character of Coney Island. Read more here. Paco Underhill, who wrote the forward for the new reissuing of William H. Whyte’s City: Rediscovering the Center, gave an Author’s Talk at MAS on October 6, as did Ann Buttenwieser, author of Governors Island: Jewel of the Harbor on October 13. We unpacked the libraries of architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio’s Unpacking My Library: 10 Architects and Their Books, an exhibition by Urban Center Books, the MAS bookstore. The exhibit features a different architect every month. In November, it will continue with a look inside Michael Sorkin’s library. For more information visit Urban Center Books. And last but not least, October saw a myriad of MAS tours. Highlights included: the Urbanists — MAS’ young members group — tour of Greenwich South (October 7); Art at South Ferry: The Brendan Gill Prize (October 4), a tour of this year’s Brendan Gill Prize recipients Doug and Mike Starn’s project at the South Ferry subway station; and a tour of The Grand Concourse at 100 (October 11). Check out our tours and programs’ schedule for November here. Oh, and did we mention that we’re moving our headquarters? Read more about MAS’ upcoming move to the Steinway Hall Building. Click here to sign up for the biweekly MAS e-newsletter, MAS Update, or our new, weekly events listing e-mail This Week at MAS.